grammar word summary: Above can be: ■ a preposition: The birds were flying high above the trees. ■ an adverb: She stared up at the stars above. ■ an adjective: Please reply to the above address.
1) in a higher position at a higher level than something, or directly over it
We lived in the room above the shop.[/ex]
Her leg was broken above the knee.[/ex]
2) higher in amount or standard more than a particular number, amount, or level
The company's profits were 23% above the previous year's.[/ex]
In most subjects the students scored well above average.[/ex]
3) louder or higher than another sound louder or higher than the other sounds that you can hear
I couldn't hear his voice above all the noise.[/ex]
4) in an earlier part of writing in an earlier part of a piece of writing, or higher up on the same page
Many of the documents mentioned above are now available on the Internet.[/ex]
5) with a higher rank higher in rank, or more important than someone else
As a major, Stuart was a rank above me.[/ex]
above all — used for saying what is most important[/ex]
We hope you will learn new skills, meet new people, and above all enjoy yourself.[/ex]
■ Use above when something is not directly over something else, but at a higher level: on the hillside above the river. ■ Use over when something moves or stretches across the space above something else: flying over London ♦ the bridge over the river. ■ Use over when something covers something else: She put a scarf over her hair.

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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 — [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