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above

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adverb \ə-ˈbəv\

Simple Definition of above

  • : in or to a higher place

  • : in or to a higher rank or number

  • : above zero

Full Definition of above

  1. 1 a :  in the sky :  overhead <the clouds above> b :  in or to heaven

  2. 2 a :  in or to a higher place b :  higher on the same page or on a preceding page c :  upstairs d :  above zero <10 degrees above>

  3. 3 :  in or to a higher rank or number <30 and above>

  4. 4 archaic :  in addition :  besides

  5. 5 :  upstage

Examples of above

  1. up above and down below

  2. Temperatures range from 5 below to 5 above.



Origin of above

Middle English, from Old English abufan, from a- + bufan above, from be- + ufan above; akin to Old English ofer over


First Known Use: before 12th century


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above

preposition

Simple Definition of above

  • : in or to a higher place than (something)

  • : greater in number, quantity, or size than (something) : more than (something)

  • : to a greater degree or extent than (something)

Full Definition of above

  1. 1 a :  in or to a higher place than :  over b :  upriver of

  2. 2 a :  superior to (as in rank, quality, or degree) b :  out of reach of <above suspicion> c :  in preference to d :  too proud or honorable to stoop to <not above taking undue credit>

  3. 3 :  exceeding in number, quantity, or size :  more than <men above 50 years old>

  4. 4 :  as distinct from and in addition to <heard the whistle above the roar of the crowd>

Examples of above

  1. He raised his arms above his head.

  2. They hung a mirror above the mantel.

  3. We rented an apartment above a restaurant.

  4. Temperatures were above average all week.

  5. men above 50 years old

  6. She values her private time above her fame.

  7. He puts his child's needs above his own.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of above

before 12th century


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above

noun

Definition of above

plural above

  1. 1 a :  something that is above b :  a person whose name is written above

  2. 2 a :  a higher authority b :  heaven



Usage Discussion of above

Although still objected to by some, the use of above as a noun in sense 1a <none of the above> <the above is Theseus's opinion — William Blake> and as an adjective <without the above reserve — O. W. Holmes †1935> <I was brought up on the above words — Viscount Montgomery> has been long established as standard.

Examples of above

  1. <in her dying days she was supposedly visited by an angel from above>



13th Century

First Known Use of above

13th century


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above

adjective

Simple Definition of above

  • : mentioned at an earlier point in the same document : written above

Full Definition of above

  1. :  written or discussed higher on the same page or on a preceding page

Usage Discussion of above

See Usage Discussion at 3above


1604

First Known Use of above

1604



ABOVE Defined for Kids

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above

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adverb \ə-ˈbəv\

Definition of above

  1. :  in or to a higher place <Stars shine above.>




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above

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preposition

Definition of above

  1. 1 :  higher than :  over <above the clouds>

  2. 2 :  too good for <You're not above that kind of work.>

  3. 3 :  more than <I won't pay above ten dollars.>

  4. 4 :  to a greater degree than <She values her family above all else.>

  5. 5 :  having more power or importance than <A captain is above a lieutenant.>




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above

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adjective

Definition of above

  1. :  said or written earlier <Read the above definition.>





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