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above

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adverb \ə-ˈbəv\

Definition of above

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

  2. 2a :  in or to a higher placeb :  higher on the same page or on a preceding page <except as stated above>c :  upstairsd :  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 in a sentence

  1. up above and down below

  2. Temperatures range from 5 below to 5 above.

Origin and Etymology 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

Definition of above

  1. 1a :  in or to a higher place than :  over <a room above the store>b :  upriver of <anchored about 10 miles above the city>

  2. 2a :  superior to (as in rank, quality, or degree) <A sergeant is above a corporal.>b :  out of reach of <above suspicion>c :  in preference to <puts his child's needs above his own needs>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 in a sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of above

see 1above


First Known Use: 13th century


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above

noun

Definition of above

plural

above

  1. 1a :  something that is above <Select one of the above.>b :  a person whose name is written above <Contact any of the above for more information.>

  2. 2a :  a higher authorityb :  heaven

Using above as an Adjective or Noun

Although still objected to by some, the use of above as a noun to mean “something that is above” <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 in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of above

see 1above


First Known Use: 1691


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above

adjective

Definition of above

  1. :  written or discussed higher on the same page or on a preceding page <Contact me at the above address.>

Using above as an Adjective or Noun

Although still objected to by some, the use of above as a noun to mean “something that is above” <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.

Origin and Etymology of above

see 1above


First Known Use: circa 1515



ABOVE Defined for Kids

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above

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adverb \ə-ˈbəv\

Definition of above for Students

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


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above

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preposition

Definition of above for Students

  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 for Students

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


Law Dictionary

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above

adverb

Legal Definition of above

  1. 1 :  higher on the same page or on a preceding page <the discussion above>

  2. 2 :  higher or superior in rank or authority <the court above>

above the line

  1. :  in calculations that yield adjusted gross income or profit


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above

adjective

Legal Definition of above

  1. :  written or discussed higher on the same page or on a preceding page <the above argument>



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