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You use high to describe things which measure a larger distance than usual from the bottom to the top. For example, you talk about a high hill or a high fence.
You use tall to describe things which are higher than usual, but which are also much higher than they are wide. So, for example, you talk about a tall tree or a tall chimney.
You always use tall when you are talking about people.
High also means 'a long way above the ground'. For example, you talk about a high window or a high shelf.
|Noun||1.||tall - a garment size for a tall person|
size - the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing); "he wears a size 13 shoe"
|Adj.||1.||tall - great in vertical dimension; high in stature; "tall people"; "tall buildings"; "tall trees"; "tall ships"|
high - (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high'); "a high mountain"; "high ceilings"; "high buildings"; "a high forehead"; "a high incline"; "a foot high"
big, large - above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a large city"; "set out for the big city"; "a large sum"; "a big (or large) barn"; "a large family"; "big businesses"; "a big expenditure"; "a large number of newspapers"; "a big group of scientists"; "large areas of the world"
|2.||tall - lofty in style; "he engages in so much tall talk, one never really realizes what he is saying"|
rhetorical - given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought; "mere rhetorical frippery"
|3.||tall - impressively difficult; "a tall order"|
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
|4.||tall - too improbable to admit of belief; "a tall story"|
high small, short, tiny, wee, squat, stumpy
implausible true, plausible, believable, reasonable, accurate, realistic, unexaggerated
he's very tall for his age → es or está muy alto para su edad
a six-foot tall man → un hombre de uno ochenta
how tall are you? → ¿cuánto mides?, ¿qué altura tienes?
I'm 1.6 metres tall → mido 1,60m (de alto)
he's not as tall as me → no es tan alto como yo
she's taller than me → es más alta que yo, mide más que yo
she's 5cm taller than me; she's taller than me by 5cm → es cinco centímetros más alta que yo, mide cinco centímetros más que yo, me saca cinco centímetros
it's the tallest building in Europe → es el edificio más alto or de más altura de Europa
to get or grow taller → crecer, ponerse más alto
see also stand C1
see also walk C1
high is used of objects that are a long way off the ground, or reach a great height: a high shelf, diving-board, mountain, wall .