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noun height pronunciation in American English /haɪt/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the degree to which something is high or someone is tall
    He was about the same height as his wife.
    in height: a graceful tower, rising to 400 feet in height
    someone’s full height (=their height when they stand up straight): He rose to his full height and surveyed the scene.
    1. a.
      the distance that something is from the ground or from the floor, or from a fixed level such as the sea
      What height do you want the picture at?
      She could remember being carried at shoulder height, giggling and swaying.
      gain/lose height: The aircraft began to lose height.
      at a height of: Lescun is three miles from the main road at a height of 3,000 feet.
      a great height: Her injuries are consistent with a fall from a great height.
    2. b.
      the state of being too high or tall, or not high or tall enough
      She couldn’t see the road because of the height of the wall (=because it was too high).
      Steve could not become a pilot because of his height (=because he was not tall enough).
  2. 2
    [countable] [usually plural] a high place or position
    A battalion had captured the heights above the beach.
    Dave was trying to overcome his fear of heights.
    1. a.
      a high level of activity or success
      His handling of the crisis carried his popularity to new heights.
  3. 3
    [singular] the time or level of greatest activity
    height of: At the height of the violence, neighbor was killing neighbor.
    It is the height of irresponsibility to make such comments.
    Jeans were once again the height of fashion.
    at its height: The excitement was at its height.

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