This is a Merriam Webster definition for "up":

d: relatively high
// "the river is up"
// "was well up in her class"

"Well" (source:thefreeditionary.com):

  1. To a considerable extent or degree: well over the estimate.

Is this the correct definition for this context?

  • Which context are you talking about? May 6, 2022 at 22:37
  • Also, you can use the > symbol to put quoted text (including dictionary definitions) into block quotes. It makes the post much easier to read. May 6, 2022 at 22:38

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Yes, it is correct. "She was in a comparatively high position in her class".

  • Wait, I tough "high" in this context means how tall she was, but you said she was in a high position. You also confirmed that I'm right but superseded my definitions with the word comparatively which is different. May 6, 2022 at 19:14
  • It is extremely rare to use high to talk about how tall a person is (we can use it about buildings, and we use height to refer to a person, but we almost always use tall rather than high to describe the person).
    – Colin Fine
    May 6, 2022 at 22:46
  • Well, all right, relatively high. As Colin says, in modern English high never refers to how tall a person is, but to their physical or metaphorical position. May 7, 2022 at 8:12

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