above·​ground ə-ˈbəv-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce aboveground (audio)
: located or occurring on or above the surface of the ground
: existing, produced, or published by or within the establishment
aboveground movies
aboveground adverb

Examples of aboveground in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its neighboring ancient necropolis contains many aboveground monuments, or mastabas, dedicated to the pharaoh’s family members and high-ranking officials. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2024 These two broods have not been aboveground at the same time since 1803; however, scientists expect little geographical overlap of the two broods. Cnn.com, The Mercury News, 13 May 2024 In the Central Valley alone, the unused aquifer space where water has been drained by pumping could hold more than three times the total capacity of the state’s aboveground reservoirs, Fogg said. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 Continually removing the aboveground growth will eventually starve the plants. Melinda Myers, Journal Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2024 But a significant part of the market is still underground, medical research is scant, and the aboveground market is not exactly thriving. Jane C. Hu, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2024 Passed in 1990, that statute was narrowly constructed to help some uranium miners and a handful of communities who were present for aboveground testing. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 To her shock, Ms. Zampieri found olms on aboveground jaunts not just in the nighttime but also in broad daylight. Elizabeth Anne Brown, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2024 Yamamoto’s 2018 winning design for the Taoyuan Museum of Art in Taiwan comprises two buildings with green inclined roofs connected with an aboveground corridor. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of aboveground was in the 14th century

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“Aboveground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aboveground. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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above·​ground ə-ˈbəv-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce aboveground (audio)
: located or happening on or above the surface of the ground
an aboveground swimming pool

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