Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adverb high pronunciation in British English /haɪ/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    a long distance above the ground or above a particular position
    a first-class hotel built high on the hillside
    The eagle soared high into the air.
    high above: the sound of war planes flying high above the city
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      reaching up a long way
      She stretched her arms up high.
      piled/stacked high: Books were piled high all around.
      Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    to or at an important position
    She rose high in the company.
    A colonel ranks higher than a major.
    Synonyms and related words
  3. 3
    near the upper end of a range of sounds
    I can’t sing that high.



used to describe foods which don't contain ingredients such as wheat, dairy products etc …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

red market

the buying and selling of human organs

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog