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above adj : appearing earlier in the same text; "flaws in the above interpretation" adv
1 at an earlier place; "see above" [syn: supra] [ant: below]
2 in or to a place that is higher [syn: higher up, in a higher place, to a higher place] [ant: below]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , (UK)/əˈbʌv/, /@"bVv/




  1. In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; — opposed to below or beneath.
    • translation of Genesis 2:20,
      Fowl that may fly above the earth.
  2. Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; beyond; higher in measure or degree than; as, things above comprehension; above mean actions; conduct above'' reproach.
    • Marlowe,
      Thy worth […] is actions above my gifts.
    • translation of Acts 36:13,
      I saw in the way a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun.
  3. Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense; see adverb #4 below.)


in or to a higher place
  • Albanian: lart, mbi
  • Danish: ovenover, ovenpå, oppe over
  • Dutch: boven
  • Finnish: yllä, yläpuolella, päällä
  • French: au-dessus de
  • German: über
  • Hebrew: מעל
  • Hungarian: fölött, felett, fölé, felé
  • Japanese: ...の上に ( ue ni)(...のうえに)
  • Polish: nad
  • Russian: над (nad)
superior to, surpassing
  • Finnish: yli
  • German: über
  • Hebrew: מעל
  • Russian: свыше

Derived terms


  1. In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven.
    He's in a better place now, floating free as the clouds above.
  2. Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a foregoing page.
  3. Higher in rank or power.
    He appealed to the court above.

Derived terms

  • "Above" is also used as the first part of a compound in the sense of before, previously; as, above-cited, above-described, above-mentioned, above-named, abovesaid, abovespecified, above-written, above''-given.


in a higher place
earlier in order
  • Finnish: yllä, edellä
  • German: früher, vorher
  • Russian: выше
higher in rank


  1. Above is often used elliptically as an adjective by omitting the word said, mentioned, quoted, or the like:
    • the above(-said) observations
    • the above(-cited) reference
    • the above(-quoted) articles


  1. Above is often used further elliptically as a noun by omitting the noun, where it is should be clear what is omitted.
    See the above.

Related terms


  • Finnish: yllä mainittu, edellä mainittu
  • Hungarian: fentemlített
  • Russian: вышеупомянутый

Extensive Definition

Above may refer to:
above in Contenese: 上

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a cut above, above all, above and beyond, abovestairs, additionally, again, ahead, airward, all included, aloft, aloof, also, altogether, among other things, and all, and also, and so, ante, as well, ascendant, at bottom, atop, au reste, before, before everything, beside, besides, better, beyond, capping, chiefly, chosen, distinguished, eclipsing, else, eminent, en plus, essentially, exceeding, excellent, excelling, extra, farther, finer, first of all, for lagniappe, further, furthermore, greater, hereinabove, hereinbefore, high, high up, higher, highest, in addition, in ascendancy, in excess of, in the air, in the ascendant, in the clouds, inter alia, into the bargain, item, likewise, mainly, major, marked, more, moreover, of choice, on, on high, on stilts, on the peak, on the side, on tiptoe, on top of, one up on, outstanding, over, over and above, overhead, past, plus, primarily, rare, rivaling, similarly, skyward, straight up, super, superior, supra, surpassing, then, therewith, tiptoe, to boot, to the zenith, too, too deep for, topping, transcendent, transcendental, transcending, up, upmost, upon, upper, uppermost, upstairs, upward, upwards, yet
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