Hight Hight, v. t. & i. [imp. {Hight}, {Hot}, p. p. {Hight}, {Hote} (?), {Hoten} (?). See {Hote}.] [OE. heiten, highten, haten, hoten; also hight, hatte, hette, is called, was called, AS. h[=a]tan to call, name, be called, to command, promise; also h[=a]tte is called, was called; akin to G. heissen to call, be called, bid, Goth. haitan to call, in the passive, to be called.] 1. To be called or named. [Archaic & Poetic.] [1913 Webster]

Note: In the form hight, it is used in a passive sense as a present, meaning is called or named, also as a preterite, was called or named. This form has also been used as a past participle. See {Hote}. [1913 Webster]

The great poet of Italy, That highte Dante. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Bright was her hue, and Geraldine she hight. --Surrey. [1913 Webster]

Entered then into the church the Reverend Teacher. Father he hight, and he was, in the parish. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

Childe Harold was he hight. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. To command; to direct; to impel. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

But the sad steel seized not where it was hight Upon the child, but somewhat short did fall. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To commit; to intrust. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Yet charge of them was to a porter hight. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

4. To promise. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He had hold his day, as he had hight. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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