Definition of high-rise in English:



  • 1(of a building) having many stories.

    ‘office towers and high-rise apartments’
    • ‘Several high-rise office buildings near the embassy were heavily damaged.’
    • ‘During the past few months the problems and incidents when answering call-outs at high-rise tower blocks have escalated, they added.’
    • ‘All this prosperity manifests itself in the city's swish downtown area, with its glittering high-rise office buildings and hotels.’
    • ‘On Malaysia's west coast, thousands of residents fled high-rise apartment buildings and hotels.’
    • ‘They contrast with the often impeccably maintained town centres and are largely made up of high-rise tower blocks that are lacking in amenities, especially for the youth.’
    • ‘Instead of cosy, low-rent substitute houses in old neighbourhoods, there were high-rise apartment buildings.’
    • ‘Luxury high-rise apartment buildings and large houses have all the amenities one would expect in the United States.’
    • ‘In contrast to the rest of the country, hotels, offices, villas and high-rise apartment buildings are going up at a frenzied pace.’
    • ‘The housing project included the construction of a massive shopping center, an international school and high-rise office buildings, an apartment, a five star hotel and international class hospital.’
    • ‘We hopped into my car, and she directed me downtown to the Belvedere, an old high-rise office building that had been converted into cheap apartments.’
    • ‘Most South Koreans in urban areas live in high-rise, multistory dwellings.’
    • ‘This more northerly part of the area is in contrast to the mass tourism-dominated southern end of the Costa Brava, with its high-rise tower blocks and packed beaches.’
    • ‘Architectural styles range from ornate, nineteenth-century villas to modern, high-rise apartment buildings.’
    • ‘It's in the grand tradition of big cities that there are little delis, cafés or coffee shops on the main floor of high-rise apartment buildings.’
    • ‘All four sites have since been developed and are now occupied by high-rise office buildings.’
    • ‘Montevideo is a modern city, with high-rise apartments and office buildings.’
    • ‘Wood has given way to cement as the main building material, and new forms of architecture include high-rise buildings for offices and residences, and air-conditioned shopping malls.’
    • ‘Until around the turn of the 21st century, high-rise buildings were quite rare in Vienna.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, the vast majority of the population here lives in single-family detached housing; relatively few people are in high-rise apartment buildings or condos.’
    • ‘Over time, the city spread out; its central business district became dense with high-rise office and residential buildings and an excellent infrastructure developed.’
    1. 1.1Taller or set higher than normal.
      ‘high-rise handlebars’
      • ‘This aluminum city slicker has eight speeds, and a shorter stem and high-rise handlebars to ensure a comfortable, upright position.’
      • ‘Generally, high-rise pants suit taller men, while low-rise trousers are more flattering for shorter men.’
      tall, lofty, towering, soaring, elevated, giant, big
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  • A building with many stories.

    • ‘The understated, brick exterior now stands out amongst the bland residential high-rises that have sprouted in the River North area in recent years.’
    • ‘Many people live in walkups, and elevators are usually found only in high-rises.’
    • ‘Luxury high-rises are especially prone to noise problems.’
    • ‘Adding new homes to an existing neighbourhood is the best rebuttal to any scheme to clear out houses and build a high-rise.’
    • ‘The wide view outside displays Shanghai's historical buildings and modern high-rises.’