Higher-Order function in JavaScript

In this post we will take a look on Higher-Order function in JavaScript. Higher-Order function can be defined as following,

  1. It take one or more functions as parameter
  2. It returns new function as parameter


Let us say you have a function as following

function FindGreater(a, b) {
 if (a > b)
 return a;
 return b;

You are going to pass this function as argument to other function. That function will be called as Higher-Order function.

Assume we have created another function with name IamHigherOrderFunction .

function IamHighorderFunction(functionargument) {

return function () {

var result = functionargument.apply(this, arguments);
 return "I am returned from high function" + result;

Some important points about above function are as follows,

  1. It takes a function as argument
  2. It returns a function as output.

In function we are just appending a text to result of passed function as argument. You can call higher-order function as following

var result = IamHighorderFunction(FindGreater);

You will get output as following. We are passing FindGreater function as argument to Higher-order function named IamHigherorderFunction.


You will find use of Higher-Order functions very often in JavaScript. I hope you find this post useful. Thanks for reading.

5 thoughts on “Higher-Order function in JavaScript

  1. Hey –

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  2. Aah, please. Don’t provide incomplete and stale information. Do you know why is it called “higher order” or for that matter of fact, what does “order” mean in the term “Higher order functions”? Do you know that there is something called “Lambda Calculus” in mathematics and “Higher order functions” are related to it? Please stop pretending to be a geek and get your fundamentals right. Your awards dont impress me.
    And by the way, your “IamHighorderFunction” example doesnt make any sense. If it is doing the same computation which can be done by “FindGreater”, what is the point in creating it? Dont just say this is for beginners. Beginners should be taught correctly. You know what, the problem is you lack basics and depth. Get them right first.

  3. Very first sorry if this post was not useful to you. Second as best of my knowledge I have provided correct information here. I can debate with you on same anywhere . If I loose I will stop blogging. And buddy my math may not be as good as yours but concept of JavaScript may be. and no one asked you to get impressed by my award.

    Please do a constructive comment and let me know whats wrong information in above post . Have fun dear developer from Infsoys 🙂

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