above




Above means higher than or overhead. On the fourth of July, many Americans like to sit on the ground and watch fireworks above them in the sky.

The adverb above is good for describing something that happens over your head or something that’s up beyond something else. The full moon shines up above you in the night sky, and when your little brother scampers up the monkey bars, he is also above you. The root of above is the Old English word abufan, which combines a, “on,” and bufan, or “over.”

Definitions of above
  1. adverb

    in or to a place that is higher

  2. adverb

    at an earlier place

    “see
    above
    synonyms:
    supra
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    Antonyms:

    below

    at a later place

  3. adjective

    appearing earlier in the same text

    “flaws in the
    above interpretation”
    Synonyms:

    preceding

    existing or coming before
  4. noun

    an earlier section of a written text

    “for instructions refer to the
    above
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    type of:

    section, subdivision

    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

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