[[t]əˈbʌv[/t]] adv.
1) in, at, or to a higher place
2) overhead or in the sky:
A flock of birds circled above[/ex]
3) upstairs:
the apartment above[/ex]
4) higher in rank, authority, or power:
the officer above[/ex]
5) higher in quantity or number:
books with 100 pages and above[/ex]
6) before or earlier, esp. in a book or other piece of writing: the remark quoted above
Compare below 6)
7) in or to heaven:
gone to her eternal rest above[/ex]
8) higher than zero on the temperature scale
9) zool. Zool. on the upper or dorsal side
10) sbz upstage
Compare below 9)
11) in or to a higher place than; over:
to fly above the clouds[/ex]
12) more in quantity or number than; in excess of:
all children above 6 years of age[/ex]
13) superior in rank, authority, or standing to
14) not subject or liable to:
to be above suspicion[/ex]
15) of too fine a character for:
above such trickery[/ex]
16) rather than; in preference to:
to favor one child above the other[/ex]
17) beyond, esp. north of:
six miles above Baltimore[/ex]
18) sbz upstage of
19) said, mentioned, or written above; foregoing:
the above explanation[/ex]
20) something that was said, mentioned, or written above
21) the person or persons previously indicated:
The above will stand trial[/ex]
22) heaven:
a gift from above[/ex]
23) a higher authority:
an order from above[/ex]
Etymology: bef. 900; ME above(n), OE abufan, onbufan (a-, on- a- I+bufan above =b(e) by I+ufan, c. OFris uva, OOHG oban(a), ON ofan above; akin to over); cf. up usage: A few critics object to the use of above as an adjective (the above data) or as a noun (study the above) in referring to what has been mentioned earlier in a piece of writing. Both uses, however, have long been standard.

From formal English to slang. 2014.


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