a|bove1 W1S2 [əˈbʌv] adv, prep
1.) in a higher position than something else
= ↑over
≠ ↑below
Our office is above the hairdresser's.
He had a bruise just above his left eye.
I heard a strange noise coming from the room above.
The great bird hovered high above our heads.
2.) more than a particular number, amount, or level
≠ ↑below
50 metres above sea level
above freezing/zero
(=higher than the temperature at which water freezes)
Tonight, temperatures should be just above freezing.
and/or above
free medical care for pensioners aged 65 and above
Prize winners must have gained marks of 80% or above.
The salaries we offer are well above (=much higher than) average.
3.) to a greater degree than something else
Many employers value personality above experience or qualifications.
above all (else)
(=used to say that something is more important than anything else)
Max is hardworking, cheerful, and above all honest.
medals awarded for bravery above and beyond the call of duty (=greater than it is your duty to show)
4.) louder or clearer than other sounds
You can always hear her voice above everybody else's.
5.) higher in rank, power, or importance
≠ ↑below
He never rose above the rank of corporal.
and/or above
officers of the rank of Major and above
from above
(=from people in higher authority)
We just obey orders from above.
6.) formal before, in the same piece of writing
≠ ↑below
As mentioned above, there is a service charge.
Write to the address above for further information.
7.) not be above (doing) sth
to not be too good or honest to do something
Eileen's not above flirting with the boss when it suits her.
8.) be above suspicion/reproach/criticism etc
to be so good that no one can doubt or criticize you
Even the king's closest advisers were not above suspicion.
9.) get above yourself
to think you are better or more important than you really are
over and above atover1 (14)
be above the law atlaw
above 2
above2 W3 adj
[only before noun]
a) used in a piece of writing to refer to something mentioned in an earlier part of the same piece of writing
For the above reasons, the management has no choice but to close the factory.
b) the above
formal something mentioned before in the same piece of writing
If none of the above applies to you, then you may be able to reclaim tax.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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