Above definitions

ə-bŭv'
Appearing earlier in the same text.

Flaws in the above interpretation.

adjective
350
10
Appearing earlier in the same text.

Flaws in the above interpretation.

adjective
346
3
On high; overhead.

The clouds above.

adverb
343
4
In heaven; heavenward.
adverb
340
10
In or to a higher place.
adverb
334
8
In or to a higher place.
adverb
331
2
In an earlier part of a given text.
adverb
328
6
In or to a higher rank or position.

The ranks of major and above.

adverb
325
2
Upstairs.

A table in the dining room above.

adverb
322
5
To a degree that is over zero.

15° above.

adverb
319
0
In heaven; heavenward.
adverb
316
2
An earlier part of a given text.

Refer to the above for that information.

noun
313
8
The person or persons already referred to in a text.

The above hereby affix their signatures.

noun
310
6
An earlier part of a given text.

Refer to the above for that information.

noun
307
2
The person or persons already referred to in a text.

The above hereby affix their signatures.

noun
304
3
Over or higher than.

A cool spring above the timberline.

preposition
301
0
Superior to in rank, position, or number; greater than.

Put principles above expediency.

preposition
298
1
Beyond the level or reach of.

A shot that was heard above the music.

preposition
295
8
In preference to.

Chose quality above quantity.

preposition
292
5
Too honorable or proud to undertake.

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

preposition
289
2
More than.

Somewhat above normal temperature.

preposition
286
3
Upstream of.

A dam positioned ten miles above the town.

preposition
283
5
North of.

Minnesota is above Iowa.

preposition
280
0
Beyond the level or reach of.

A shot that was heard above the music.

preposition
277
1
In preference to.

Chose quality above quantity.

preposition
274
6
Too honorable or proud to undertake.

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

preposition
271
4
More than.

Somewhat above normal temperature.

preposition
268
5
Upstream of.

A dam positioned ten miles above the town.

preposition
265
7
North of.

Minnesota is above Iowa.

preposition
262
8
Over or higher than.

A cool spring above the timberline.

preposition
259
2
Superior to in rank, position, or number; greater than.

Put principles above expediency.

preposition
256
6
Placed, found, mentioned, etc. above or earlier.

As stated in the above rules.

adjective
107
2
In, at, or to a higher place; overhead; up.
adverb
104
1
In or to heaven.
adverb
101
1
At a previous place (in a piece of writing)

Above-mentioned.

adverb
98
3
Higher in power, status, etc.
adverb
95
0
Something or someone listed or mentioned above.
noun
92
3
Higher than; over; on top of.
preposition
89
1
Beyond; past.

The road above the village.

preposition
86
3
At a point upstream of.
preposition
83
2
Superior to; better than.

Above the average.

preposition
80
1
In excess of; more than.

Above fifty dollars.

preposition
77
2
Above is defined as something that is higher or overhead.

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

adverb
24
1
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.

preposition
21
0
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.

preposition
18
0
Higher in rank, power, or position. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

He appealed to the court above.

adverb
17
0
Of heaven; heavenly. [First attested around (1150 to 1350).]
adjective
17
0
(archaic) In addition. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
adverb
14
0
Being located higher on the same page or on a preceding page. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
adjective
14
0
Directly overhead; vertically on top of. [First attested prior to 1150.]
adverb
11
0
More in number. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
adverb
11
0
Higher in the same page; earlier in the order as far as writing products go. [First attested prior to 1150.]
adverb
8
0
Above zero; above freezing. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]

It was a cold day at only 5 above.

adverb
8
0
Previously in the same chapter, document, or text. For example, a reference to a court case cited earlier in the same document.
adverb
7
0
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.

adverb
5
0
(biology) On the upper half or the dorsal surface of an animal.

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

adverb
5
0
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.
adverb
4
0
In a higher place; upstairs; farther upstream. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
adverb
2
0
Heaven. [First attested around (1150 to 1350).]
noun
2
0
On high; overhead.

The clouds above.

adverb
0
0
In an earlier part of a given text.
adverb
0
0
In or to a higher rank or position.

The ranks of major and above.

adverb
0
0
Upstairs.

A table in the dining room above.

adverb
0
0
To a degree that is over zero.

15° above.

adverb
0
0
Too honorable to engage in.

She was not above cheating.

preposition
0
0
Too proud, important, etc. to engage in.

He was above helping with the dishes.

preposition
0
0
(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.)].
preposition
0
0
(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.
preposition
0
0
In addition to; besides. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
preposition
0
0
Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
preposition
0
0
(theater) Upstage.
preposition
0
0
Beyond; on the other side.
preposition
0
0
Something, especially a person's name in legal documents, that appears higher on the same page or on a preceding page.
noun
0
0
Higher authority.
noun
0
0

Origin of above

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.