- a|bove1 W1S2 [əˈbʌv] adv, prep1.) in a higher position than something else= ↑over▪ Our office is above the hairdresser's.▪ He had a bruise just above his left eye.▪ I heard a strange noise coming from the room above.▪ The great bird hovered high above our heads.2.) more than a particular number, amount, or level▪ 50 metres above sea levelabove freezing/zero(=higher than the temperature at which water freezes)▪ Tonight, temperatures should be just above freezing.and/or above▪ free medical care for pensioners aged 65 and above▪ Prize winners must have gained marks of 80% or above.▪ The salaries we offer are well above (=much higher than) average.3.) to a greater degree than something else▪ Many employers value personality above experience or qualifications.above all (else)(=used to say that something is more important than anything else)▪ Max is hardworking, cheerful, and above all honest.▪ medals awarded for bravery above and beyond the call of duty (=greater than it is your duty to show)4.) louder or clearer than other sounds▪ You can always hear her voice above everybody else's.5.) higher in rank, power, or importance▪ He never rose above the rank of corporal.and/or above▪ officers of the rank of Major and abovefrom above(=from people in higher authority)▪ We just obey orders from above.6.) formal before, in the same piece of writing▪ As mentioned above, there is a service charge.▪ Write to the address above for further information.7.) not be above (doing) sthto not be too good or honest to do something▪ Eileen's not above flirting with the boss when it suits her.8.) be above suspicion/reproach/criticism etcto be so good that no one can doubt or criticize you▪ Even the king's closest advisers were not above suspicion.9.) get above yourselfto think you are better or more important than you really are→over and above at ↑over1 (14)→be above the law at ↑lawabove 2above2 W3 adj[only before noun]a) used in a piece of writing to refer to something mentioned in an earlier part of the same piece of writing▪ For the above reasons, the management has no choice but to close the factory.b) the aboveformal something mentioned before in the same piece of writing▪ If none of the above applies to you, then you may be able to reclaim tax.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.