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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•bove /əˈbʌv/USA pronunciation   adv. 
  1. in, at, or to a higher place, position, or rank:saw the rain clouds above.
  2. higher in quantity or number;
    over:persons age 18 and above.
  3. mentioned or described before or earlier, esp. in a book or other piece of writing:the remark quoted above.
  4. higher than zero on the Fahrenheit scale:In winter it's often only five above (= five degrees above zero).

  1. in or to a higher place than;
    over: to fly above the clouds.
  2. more in quantity or number than;
    in excess of;
    over:persons above 18 years of age.
  3. superior in rank, authority, or standing to:A major is above a captain.
  4. not subject to:above suspicion.
  5. of too fine a character for:She's above such trickery.
  6. beyond, esp. north of: six miles above Baltimore.

  1. said, mentioned, or written above:the above explanation.

n. [uncountable]
  1. things discussed or written about earlier:[the + ~]All the above just proves what I've been saying.
  2. heaven: a gift from above.
  3. a higher authority: an order from above.
  1. Idioms above all, most importantly;

    Both above and over can mean "higher than''. In expressions with numbers, esp. in measurements, it is more common to use over to mean "more than'': Over 600 students are enrolled here. But for numbers that are thought of as on a vertical scale of measurement, such as the temperature on a thermometer, above is used: Her temperature was almost three degrees above normal. Her SAT scores were well above average.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•bove  (ə buv),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. in, at, or to a higher place.
  2. overhead, upstairs, or in the sky:My brother lives in the apartment above. A flock of birds circled above.
  3. higher in rank, authority, or power:She was told to speak to the person above.
  4. higher in quantity or number:books with 100 pages and above.
  5. before or earlier, esp. in a book or other piece of writing;
    foregoing:the remark quoted above.Cf. below (def. 6).
  6. in or to heaven:gone to her eternal rest above.
  7. Zoologyon the upper or dorsal side.
  8. Show Business[Theat.]upstage. Cf. below (def. 9).
  9. higher than zero on the temperature scale:The temperature dropped to ten above this morning.

  1. in or to a higher place than;
    over:to fly above the clouds; the floor above ours.
  2. more in quantity or number than;
    in excess of:all girls above 12 years of age; The weight is above a ton.
  3. superior in rank, authority, or standing to:A captain is above a lieutenant.
  4. not subject or liable to;
    not capable of (some undesirable action, thought, etc.):above suspicion; to be above bad behavior.
  5. of too fine a character for:He is above such trickery.
  6. rather than;
    in preference to:to favor one child above the other.
  7. beyond, esp. north of:six miles above Baltimore.
  8. Show Business[Theat.]upstage of.
  9. above all, most important of all;
    principally:charity above all.

  1. said, mentioned, or written above;
    foregoing:the above explanation.

  1. something that was said, mentioned, or written above:to refer to the above.
  2. the person or persons previously indicated:The above will all stand trial.
  3. heaven:truly a gift from above.
  4. a higher authority:an order from above.
  • bef. 900; Middle English above(n) (Cf. aboon), Old English abufan, onbufan (a-1, on + bufan above (cognate with Dutch boven), equivalent. to b(e) by + ufan, cognate with Old Frisian uva, Old Saxon oban(a), Old High German obana, German oben, Old Norse ofan above; akin to over); see up; compare about for formation
    Above as an adjective (the above data) or as a noun (study the above) referring to what has been mentioned earlier in a piece of writing has long been standard. A few critics object to these uses in general writing, believing that they are more appropriate in business or technical contexts;
    they occur, however, in all kinds of edited writing.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
above /əˈbʌv/ prep
  1. on top of or higher than; over
  2. greater than in quantity or degree: above average in weight
  3. superior to or prior to: to place honour above wealth
  4. too honourable or high-minded for: above petty gossiping
  5. too respected for; beyond: above suspicion, above reproach
  6. too difficult to be understood by: the talk was above me
  7. louder or higher than (other noise)
  8. in preference to: I love you above all others
  9. north of
  10. upstream from
  11. above allmost of all; especially
  12. above and beyondin addition to
  1. in or to a higher place: the sky above
  2. in a previous place (in something written)
  3. (in combination): the above-mentioned clause
  4. higher in rank or position
  5. in or concerned with heaven
  1. the abovesomething that is above or previously mentioned
  1. mentioned or appearing in a previous place (in something written)
Etymology: Old English abufan, from a- on + bufan above
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