in, at, or to a higher place.
overhead, upstairs, or in the sky:
My brother lives in the apartment above. A flock of birds circled above.
higher in rank, authority, or power:
She was told to speak to the person above.
higher in quantity or number:
books with 100 pages and above.
before or earlier, especially in a book or other piece of writing; foregoing:
the remark quoted above.
Compare (def 6).
in or to heaven:
gone to her eternal rest above.
Zoology. on the upper or dorsal side.
Theater. upstage.
Compare (def 9).
higher than zero on the temperature scale:
The temperature dropped to ten above this morning.
in or to a higher place than; over:
to fly above the clouds; the floor above ours.
more in quantity or number than; in excess of:
all girls above 12 years of age; The weight is above a ton.
superior in rank, authority, or standing to:
A captain is above a lieutenant.
not subject or liable to; not capable of (some undesirable action, thought, etc.):
above suspicion; to be above bad behavior.
of too fine a character for:
He is above such trickery.
rather than; in preference to:
to favor one child above the other.
beyond, especially north of:
six miles above Baltimore.
Theater. upstage of.
said, mentioned, or written above; foregoing:
the above explanation.
something that was said, mentioned, or written above:
to refer to the above.
the person or persons previously indicated:
The above will all stand trial.
truly a gift from above.
a higher authority:
an order from above.
above all, most important of all; principally:
charity above all.
on top of or higher than; over: the sky above the earth
greater than in quantity or degree: above average in weight
superior to or prior to: to place honour above wealth
too honourable or high-minded for: above petty gossiping
too respected for; beyond: above suspicion, above reproach
too difficult to be understood by: the talk was above me
louder or higher than (other noise): I heard her call above the radio
in preference to: I love you above all others
north of: which town lies just above London?
upstream from
above all, most of all; especially
above and beyond, in addition to
above oneself, presumptuous or conceited
in or to a higher place: the sky above

in a previous place (in something written)
(in combination): the above-mentioned clause

higher in rank or position
in or concerned with heaven: seek the things that are above
the above, something that is above or previously mentioned
mentioned or appearing in a previous place (in something written)

Old English abufan, earlier onbufan, from on (see on) + bufan “over,” compound of be “by” (see by) + ufan “over/high,” from Proto-Germanic *ufan-, *uban- (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German oban, German oben), from PIE root *upo (see up (adv.)). Meaning “in addition” first corded 1590s.

above all
above and beyond
above suspicion
above the law

also see:

all (none) of the above
cut above
head and shoulders above
over and above


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