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above

adverb \ ə-ˈbəv \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of above

1 a : in the sky : overhead
  • the clouds above
b : in or to heaven
2 a : in or to a higher place
b : higher on the same page or on a preceding page
  • except as stated above
c : upstairs
d : above zero
  • 10 degrees above
3 : in or to a higher rank or number
  • 30 and above
4 archaic : in addition : besides
5 : upstage

Examples of above in a Sentence

  1. up above and down below

  2. Temperatures range from 5 below to 5 above.

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Origin and Etymology of above

Middle English above, aboven, going back to Old English abufan, from a- 1a- + bufan "above" (akin to Old Saxon bi-oƀan, Middle Dutch bōven, Old Frisian bova, Middle High German bobene), from be- be- + ufan "above, from above," going back to Germanic *uban- (whence Old Saxon oƀana "from above," Old High German obana), from *ub- "above, on" + *-an-, adverbial suffix — more at 1over

above Synonyms

Synonyms
aloft, over, overhead
Antonyms
below, beneath, under
Related Words
skyward, upward (or upwards)
Near Antonyms
underneath

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above

preposition

Definition of above

1 a : in or to a higher place than : over
  • a room above the store
b : upriver of
  • anchored about 10 miles above the city
2 a : 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 : exceeding in number, quantity, or size : more than
  • men above 50 years old
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.

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Origin and Etymology of above

Middle English above, aboven, derivative of above, aboven 1above

above Synonyms

Synonyms
over
Antonyms
below, beneath, under
Related Words
atop
Near Antonyms
underneath

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above

noun

Definition of above

plural above
1 a : 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 a : a higher authority
b : 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

Recent Examples of above from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of above

Middle English above "a higher position," derivative of above, aboven 1above


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above

adjective

Definition of above

: 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.


Recent Examples of above from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of above

derivative of 1above


ABOVE Defined for Kids

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above

adverb \ ə-ˈbəv \

Definition of above for Students

: in or to a higher place
  • Stars shine above.

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above

preposition

Definition of above for Students

1 : higher than : over
  • above the clouds
2 : too good for
  • You're not above that kind of work.
3 : more than
  • I won't pay above ten dollars.
4 : to a greater degree than
  • She values her family above all else.
5 : having more power or importance than
  • A captain is above a lieutenant.

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above

adjective

Definition of above for Students

: said or written earlier
  • Read the above definition.

Law Dictionary

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above

adverb

legal Definition of above

1 : higher on the same page or on a preceding page
  • the discussion above
2 : higher or superior in rank or authority
  • the court above
above the line
: in calculations that yield adjusted gross income or profit

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above

adjective

legal Definition of above

: written or discussed higher on the same page or on a preceding page
  • the above argument


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