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. htan to call, name, be called, to command, promise; also htte 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.]
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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.
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The great poet of Italy,
That highte Dante.
Chaucer.
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Bright was her hue, and Geraldine she hight.
Surrey.
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Entered then into the church the Reverend Teacher.
Father he hight, and he was, in the parish.
Longfellow.
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Childe Harold was he hight.
Byron.
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2. To command; to direct; to impel. [Obs.]
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But the sad steel seized not where it was hight
Upon the child, but somewhat short did fall.
Spenser.
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3. To commit; to intrust. [Obs.]
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Yet charge of them was to a porter hight.
Spenser.
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4. To promise. [Obs.]
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He had hold his day, as he had hight.
Chaucer.
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