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.
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.
the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration):
all the cake; all the way; all year.
the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively):
the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree):
with all due respect; with all speed.
all kinds; all sorts.
any; any whatever:
beyond all doubt.
nothing but; only:
The coat is all wool.
dominated by or as if by the conspicuous possession or use of a particular feature:
The colt was all legs. They were all ears, listening attentively to everything she said.
Chiefly Pennsylvania German. all gone; consumed; finished:
The pie is all.
the whole quantity or amount:
He ate all of the peanuts. All are gone.
the whole number; every one:
all of us.
Is that all you want to say? All is lost.
one’s whole interest, energy, or property:
to give one’s all; to lose one’s all.
(often initial capital letter) the entire universe.
wholly; entirely; completely:
He spent his income all on pleasure.
The score was one all.
Archaic. even; just.
above all, before everything else; chiefly:
Above all, the little girl wanted a piano.
after all, in spite of the circumstances; notwithstanding:
He came in time after all.
all at once. (def 14).
all but, almost; very nearly:
These batteries are all but dead.
all in, Northern and Western U.S. very tired; exhausted:
We were all in at the end of the day.
all in all,
everything considered; in general:
All in all, her health is greatly improved.
There were twelve absentees all in all.
everything; everything regarded as important:
Painting became his all in all.
all in hand, Printing, Journalism. (of the copy for typesetting a particular article, book, issue, etc.) in the possession of the compositor.
all in the wind, Nautical. too close to the wind.
all out, with all available means or effort:
We went all out to win the war.
finished; done; ended.
everywhere; in every part.
in every respect; typically.
all standing, Nautical.
in such a way and so suddenly that sails or engines are still set to propel a vessel forward:
The ship ran aground all standing.
The crew turned in all standing.
fully equipped, as a vessel.
all that, remarkably; entirely; decidedly (used in negative constructions):
It’s not all that different from your other house.
all the better, more advantageous; so much the better:
If the sun shines it will be all the better for our trip.
all there, Informal. mentally competent; not insane or feeble-minded:
Some of his farfetched ideas made us suspect that he wasn’t all there.
all the same. (def 9).
all told. (def 2).
Printing, Journalism. (of copy) completely set in type.
Informal. with no vestige of hope remaining:
It’s all up with George—they’ve caught him.
and all, together with every other associated or connected attribute, object, or circumstance:
What with the snow and all, we may be a little late.
in the slightest degree:
I wasn’t surprised at all.
for any reason:
Why bother at all?
in any way:
no offense at all.
for all (that), in spite of; notwithstanding:
For all that, it was a good year.
in all, all included; all together:
a hundred guests in all.
once and for all, for the last time; finally:
The case was settled once and for all when the appeal was denied.
the whole quantity or amount of; totality of; every one of a class: all the rice, all men are mortal
(as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural): all of it is nice, all are welcome
(in combination with a noun used as a modifier): an all-ticket match, an all-amateur tournament, an all-night sitting
the greatest possible: in all earnestness
any whatever: to lose all hope of recovery, beyond all doubt
above all, most of all; especially
after all, See after (sense 11)
all along, all the time
all but, almost; nearly: all but dead
all of, no less or smaller than: she’s all of thirteen years
finished; at an end: the affair is all over between us
over the whole area (of something); everywhere (in, on, etc): all over England
typically; representatively (in the phrase that’s me (you, him, us, them,etc) all over) Also (Irish) all out
unduly effusive towards
(sport) in a dominant position over
See all in
all in all
everything considered: all in all, it was a great success
the object of one’s attention or interest: you are my all in all
(usually used with a negative) (informal) all that, that, (intensifier): she’s not all that intelligent
(foll by a comparative adjective or adverb) all the, so much (more or less) than otherwise: we must work all the faster now
all too, definitely but regrettably: it’s all too true
(Brit, informal) as well; too: and you can take that smile off your face and all
(South African) a parenthetical filler phrase used at the end of a statement to make a sl ight pause in speaking
(informal) and all that
and similar or associated things; et cetera: coffee, tea, and all that will be served in the garden
used as a filler or to make what precedes more vague: in this sense, it often occurs with concessive force: she was sweet and pretty and all that, but I still didn’t like her
See that (sense 4)
as all that, as one might expect or hope: she’s not as pretty as all that, but she has personality
(used with a negative or in a question) in any way whatsoever or to any extent or degree: I didn’t know that at all
even so; anyway: I’m surprised you came at all
(informal) be all for, to be strongly in favour of
(informal, mainly US) be all that, to be exceptionally good, talented, or attractive
in so far as; to the extent that: for all anyone knows, he was a baron
notwithstanding: for all my pushing, I still couldn’t move it
for all that, in spite of that: he was a nice man for all that
in all, altogether: there were five of them in all
(in scores of games) apiece; each: the score at half time was three all
completely: all alone
(informal) be all …, used for emphasis when introducing direct speech or nonverbal communication: he was all, ‘I’m not doing that’
preceded by my, your, his, etc. (one’s) complete effort or interest: to give your all, you are my all
totality or whole
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?
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.
Old English eall “all, every, entire,” from Proto-Germanic *alnaz (cf. Old Frisian, Old High German al, Old Norse allr, Gothic alls), with no certain connection outside Germanic.
Combinations with all meaning “wholly, without limit” were common in Old English (e.g. eall-halig “all-holy,” eall-mihtig “all-mighty”) and the method continued to form new compound words throughout the history of English. First record of all out “to one’s full powers” is 1880. All-terrain vehicle first recorded 1968. All clear as a signal of “no danger” is recorded from 1902. All right, indicative of approval, is attested from 1953.
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More than anything else, as in A winter hike calls for good equipment, but above all it requires careful planning . This phrase first appears in William Langland’s Piers Ploughman (1377), in which the narrator exhorts readers to love the Lord God above all. Also see first and last
above and beyond
above the law
all (none) of the above
head and shoulders above
over and above
all along the line
all and sundry
all at once
all at sea
all else being equal
all for the best
all in a day’s work
all in all
all in good time
all in one piece
all in, be
all joking aside
all kinds of
all of a sudden
all of the above
all outdoors, big as
all over but the shouting
all over one
all over the place
all over with
all present and accounted for
all right for you
all right with one
all roads lead to Rome
all sewed up
all shook up
all systems go
all talk (and no action)
all that glitters is not gold
all the best
all the better
all the rage
all the same
all the thing
all the time
all the way
all the worse
all things to all people, be
all to the good
all very well
all well and good
all wool and a yard wide
all work and no play (makes Jack a dull boy)
all year round
against all odds
as all getout
at all costs
be-all and end-all
by all accounts
by all means
by all odds
cap it all
fall all over
firing on all cylinders
first of all
for all I care
for all I know
for all one’s worth
for all that
get away (from it all)
get one’s act (it all) together
go all the way
have all one’s buttons
have it all over someone
have it both ways (all)
hit on all cylinders
hold all the aces
in a (all of a) dither
in all good conscience
in all one’s born days
in all probability
(all) in the same boat
it’s all downhill from here
it’s all over with
it takes all sorts
jump all over
know all the answers
laugh all the way to the bank
least of all
let it all hang out
not all it’s cracked up to be
not at all
not for all the tea in china
no time at all
of all the nerve
of all things
once and for all
one and all
pull out all the stops
put all one’s eggs in one basket
seen one, seen them all
till all hours
to all intents and purposes
(all) to the good
turn out all right
walk all over
warts and all
when all’s said and done
with all due respect
with all one’s heart
you can’t win them all
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, […]
- Above and beyond
More than is required. This somewhat redundant expression— above and beyond here both denote excess—often precedes the call of duty , which means exceeding what a particular job requires. Thus Putting in overtime without pay is above and beyond the call of duty . Also see over and above
- Above board
in open sight; without tricks, concealment, or disguise: Their actions are open and aboveboard. Contemporary Examples Camp Jan Brewer, in the meantime, assures all that the new Bible-civ class will be constitutional and above board. Governor Brewer Throws Arizona Base a Bone by Signing Bible Law Terry Greene Sterling April 18, 2012 But if the […]
situated on or the . not secret or hidden; in the open: the aboveground activities of the country’s left-wing faction. Contemporary Examples The noose around his neck is attached, aboveground, to a flying white bat. The Twisted Mind of Marcel Dzama Sasha Watson March 10, 2010 The body lay in an aboveground marble sarcophagus guarded […]
- Above the line
See under 1 (def 31). a mark or stroke long in proportion to its breadth, made with a pen, pencil, tool, etc., on a surface: a line down the middle of the page. Mathematics. a continuous extent of length, straight or curved, without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point. something arranged along […]