a|bove [ ə`bʌv ] function word ***
Above can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun):
The birds were flying high above the trees.
as an adverb (without a following noun):
She stared up at the stars above.
as an adjective:
Please reply to the above address.
1. ) used for saying where someone/something is
a ) at a higher level than something or directly over it:
We lived in the room above the store.
Curran's leg was broken above the right knee.
the snow-covered hills above the village
b ) in an earlier part of a piece of writing or higher up a page:
Many of the documents mentioned above are now available on the Internet.
David and Brenda Mitchell, pictured above, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last weekend.
Interviews will be held at the above address on December 2.
2. ) higher in amount or standard
a ) more than a particular number, amount, or level:
The company's profits were 23% above the previous year's.
Temperatures climbed to 98 degrees Fahrenheit 10 degrees above normal.
b ) better than a particular standard:
In most subjects the students scored well above average.
3. ) more than anything else
a ) used for saying that something is considered more valuable or more important than other things:
In their society, honesty was prized above all other virtues.
We value our independence above anything that you can offer us.
b ) above all used for referring to something that is more important than any of the other things you could mention:
He will be remembered above all as a loving husband and family man.
above all else: Above all else, the government must keep the promises it has made.
c ) love/hate/fear something above anything to love/hate/fear something more than anything else:
Don't let them take the children away I fear that above anything.
4. ) with a higher rank used for saying that someone's rank is higher or their job is more important than someone else's:
As a major, Stuart was a rank above me, but we remained good friends.
5. ) louder or higher than another sound if you can hear one sound above other sounds, it is louder or higher than the other sounds:
Bret shouted, but it was impossible to make himself heard above all the noise.
6. ) too good or proud to do something
a ) if you are above a particular type of behavior, you are such a morally good person that you would not behave in that way:
Jack was cheating? I thought he was above that sort of thing.
b ) not be above doing something to not be too proud to do something:
Mrs. Harrington was not above helping with the housework when necessary.
above and beyond
apart from something, or outside the normal range of something:
The agency is asking for $2 million above and beyond the $16 million it has already been given.
Rescue teams had worked above and beyond the call of duty during the hurricane.
get above yourself BRITISH
to start to think that you are more important than you really are:
Ever since they made her assistant manager, she's been getting above herself.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • Above — A*bove , adv. 1. In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven; as, the clouds above. [1913 Webster] 2. Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a foregoing page. That was said above. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Higher in rank or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • above — [ə buv′] adv. [ME above(n) < OE abūfan, onbūfan, overhead, above < on , intens. + bufan < be, BY + ufan, over, on high] 1. in, at, or to a higher place; overhead; up 2. in or to heaven 3. at a previous place (in a piece of writing):… …   English World dictionary

  • Above — A*bove , prep. [OE. above, aboven, abuffe, AS. abufon; an (or on) on + be by + ufan upward; cf. Goth. uf under. [root]199. See {Over}.] 1. In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; opposed to {below} or {beneath}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • above — above, over are synonymous prepositions when they indicate elevation in position. They seldom imply contact between that which is higher and that which is lower; as a rule they allow an interval. Over and above differ in that over usually implies …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • above — 1 adv 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 above 2 adj: written o …   Law dictionary

  • above — ► PREPOSITION & ADVERB 1) at a higher level than. 2) in preference to. 3) (in printed text) mentioned earlier. ● above board Cf. ↑above board ● above oneself Cf. ↑ab …   English terms dictionary

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  • above — above; above·ground; above·proof; above·board; above·stairs; …   English syllables

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  • above — [prep1] higher in position aloft, atop, beyond, high, on high, on top of, over, overhead, raised, superior, upon; concept 752 Ant. below, under above [prep2] more, higher in amount, degree beyond, exceeding, greater than, larger than, over;… …   New thesaurus

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