Above meaning

ə-bŭv
Over or higher than.

A cool spring above the timberline.

preposition
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In heaven; heavenward.
adverb
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More than.

Somewhat above normal temperature.

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Too honorable or proud to undertake.

I am not above trying to bribe you. Do you think you are above bagging your own groceries?

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Upstream of.

A dam positioned ten miles above the town.

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North of.

Minnesota is above Iowa.

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An earlier part of a given text.

Refer to the above for that information.

noun
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In or to a higher rank or position.

The ranks of major and above.

adverb
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Over or higher than.

A cool spring above the timberline.

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Above is defined as something that is higher or overhead.

An example of something that is above would be clouds floating in the sky.

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The definition of above is something that is higher in relation to something else.

An example of above would be the tenth floor in relation to the ninth floor.

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Above is defined as something that is higher in number than something else.

An example of temperatures that are above freezing would be any temperature over 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Superior to in rank, position, or number; greater than.

Put principles above expediency.

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Beyond the level or reach of.

A shot that was heard above the music.

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In preference to.

Chose quality above quantity.

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The person or persons already referred to in a text.

The above hereby affix their signatures.

noun
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Appearing earlier in the same text.

Flaws in the above interpretation.

adjective
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In, at, or to a higher place; overhead; up.
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In or to heaven.
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At a previous place (in a piece of writing)

Above-mentioned.

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Higher in power, status, etc.
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Higher than; over; on top of.
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Beyond; past.

The road above the village.

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Superior to; better than.

Above the average.

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In excess of; more than.

Above fifty dollars.

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Placed, found, mentioned, etc. above or earlier.

As stated in the above rules.

adjective
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Something or someone listed or mentioned above.
noun
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Previously in the same chapter, document, or text. For example, a reference to a court case cited earlier in the same document.
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Having the power to review the decisions regarding questions of fact and/or law made in a court. For example, appellate courts, such as the United States Supreme Court, are above, or can review, the decisions made by one or more trial courts. See jurisdiction, question of fact, and question of law.
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(physical) Higher.
  • Physically over; on top of; worn on top of, as clothing. [First attested prior to 1150.]
    He always put his coat on above his sweater.
  • In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; — opposed to below or beneath. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  • (representational) Farther north than. [First attested prior to 1150.]
    Idaho is above Utah.
  • Rising; appearing out of reach height-wise. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
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(social) Superior.
  • Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; higher in measure, degree, volume, or pitch, etc. than; out of reach; not exposed to; not likely to be affected by; incapable of negative actions or thoughts. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
    Even the chief of police is not above suspicion.
    He was aways above reproach.
  • Higher in rank, status, or position. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  • In preference to.
  • Too proud to stoop; averse to; disinclined; too honorable to give.
    The owner was above taking more than a token salary.
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In addition to; besides. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
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Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
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(theater) Upstage.
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Beyond; on the other side.
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Directly overhead; vertically on top of. [First attested prior to 1150.]
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Higher in the same page; earlier in the order as far as writing products go. [First attested prior to 1150.]
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Into or from heaven; in the sky. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

He's in a better place now, floating free as the clouds above.

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In a higher place; upstairs; farther upstream. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
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Higher in rank, power, or position. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

He appealed to the court above.

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(archaic) In addition. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
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More in number. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
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Above zero; above freezing. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]

It was a cold day at only 5 above.

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(biology) On the upper half or the dorsal surface of an animal.

The sparrow I saw was rufous above and off-white below.

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Of heaven; heavenly. [First attested around (1150 to 1350).]
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Being located higher on the same page or on a preceding page. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
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Heaven. [First attested around (1150 to 1350).]
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Something, especially a person's name in legal documents, that appears higher on the same page or on a preceding page.
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Higher authority.
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On high; overhead.

The clouds above.

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In heaven; heavenward.
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In or to a higher place.
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In an earlier part of a given text.
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In or to a higher rank or position.

The ranks of major and above.

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Superior to in rank, position, or number; greater than.

Put principles above expediency.

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Beyond the level or reach of.

A shot that was heard above the music.

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In preference to.

Chose quality above quantity.

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Too honorable or proud to undertake.

I am not above trying to bribe you. Do you think you are above bagging your own groceries?

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More than.

Somewhat above normal temperature.

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Upstream of.

A dam positioned ten miles above the town.

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North of.

Minnesota is above Iowa.

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An earlier part of a given text.

Refer to the above for that information.

noun
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The person or persons already referred to in a text.

The above hereby affix their signatures.

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Appearing earlier in the same text.

Flaws in the above interpretation.

adjective
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On high; overhead.

The clouds above.

adverb
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In or to a higher place.
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In an earlier part of a given text.
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At a point upstream of.
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above all
  • Over and above all other factors or considerations:
    Above all, tell the truth.
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above all
  • Over and above all other factors or considerations:
    Above all, tell the truth.
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above all
  • most of all; mainly
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of above

  • Middle English aboven from Old English abūfan a- on a–2 būfan above upo in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English aboven from Old English abūfan a- on a–2 būfan above upo in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English above (“above”), aboven, abuven, from Old English ābufan, onbufan from a (“on”) + bufan (“over”), (akin to Icelandic ofan (“above”), Middle Dutch bōven, Old Frisian bova, Middle High German bobene) from (“by”) + ufan (“over”); also cognate with Danish oven, Dutch boven, German oben, Swedish ovan, Old Saxon oƀan, Old High German obana.

    From Wiktionary

  • The preposition, adjective and the noun derive from the adverb.

    From Wiktionary