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  1. a·bove
    IPA[əˈbəv]
  2. preposition

    • 1. in extended space over and not touching:

      a display of fireworks above the town a cable runs above the duct
    • 2. extending upward over:

      her arms above her head
      Synonym : over, higher (up) than, overlooking, on top of, atop, on, upon
    • 3. higher than and to one side of; overlooking:

      in the hills above the capital on the wall above the altar
      Synonym : over, higher (up) than, overlooking, on top of, atop, on, upon
    • 4. at a higher level or layer than:

      bruises above both eyes small windows above the aisles
    • 5. higher in grade or rank than:

      at a level above the common people
      Synonym : superior to, senior to, over, higher than, higher up than, more powerful than, more responsible than, ahead of, in charge of, commanding
    • 6. considered of higher status or worth than; too good for:

      I always like to say that I married above myself above reproach
    • 7. in preference to:

      they cynically chose profit above car safety
      Synonym : more than, over, before, rather than, in preference to, in favor of, instead of, sooner than
    • 8. at a higher volume or pitch than:

      it went unheard above the din above a whisper
    • 9. higher than (a specified amount, rate, or norm):

      above sea level above average above freezing the unemployment rate will soar above its present level
      Synonym : greater than, more than, higher than, exceeding, in excess of, over, over and above, beyond, surpassing, upwards of

    adverb

    • 1. at a higher level or layer:

      place a quantity of mud in a jar with water above
      Synonym : overhead, on/at the top, on/at a higher place, high up, on high, up above, (up) in the sky, high above one's head, aloft, (up) in the heavens
    • 2. higher in grade or rank:

      an officer of the rank of superintendent or above
    • 3. higher than a specified amount, rate, or norm:

      boats of 31 ft. or above
    • 4. (in printed text) mentioned earlier or further up on the same page:

      the two cases described above see above left at the above address since writing the above, I have reconsidered
      Synonym : earlier, previously, before, formerly, further back
    • preposition

      in extended space over and not touching:

      extending upwards over:

    • adverb

      at a higher level or layer:

      higher in grade or rank:

    • adverb

      at or above ground level:
    • adjective

      situated at or above ground level:
    • adjective

      legitimate, honest, and open:
    • adverb

      in a legitimate, honest, and open way:
    • from overhead
    • more so than anything else
    • too obviously good or honest to be thought capable of wrongdoing
    • conceited; arrogant
    • adjective

      (in printed text) denoting a point or idea previously stated:
    • adjective

      (in printed text) denoting a person or thing previously mentioned:
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