Definition of above preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    above

     preposition
    preposition
    NAmE//əˈbʌv//
     
     
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  1. 1at or to a higher place or position than something or someone The water came above our knees. We were flying above the clouds. the people in the apartment above mine A captain in the navy ranks above a captain in the army. They finished the year six places above their local rivals.
  2. 2more than something; greater in number, level, or age than someone or something Inflation is above 6%. Temperatures have been above average. We cannot accept children above the age of 10.
  3. 3of greater importance or of higher quality than someone or something I rate her above most other players of her age.
  4. 4 too good or too honest to do something She's not above lying when it gets her out of trouble. He's above suspicion (= he is completely trusted).
  5. 5(of a sound) louder or clearer than another sound I couldn't hear her above the noise of the traffic.
  6. Which Word?above / overAbove and over can both be used to describe a position higher than something:They built a new room above/over the garage.When you are talking about movement from one side of something to the other, you can only use over:They jumped over the stream. Over can also mean “covering”:He put a blanket over the sleeping child.Above and over can also mean “more than.”Above is used in relation to a minimum level or a fixed point:2,000 feet above sea level Temperatures will not rise above freezing tonight.Over is used with numbers, ages, money, and time:He’s over 50. It costs over $100. We waited over 2 hours.Idioms most important of all; especially Above all, keep in touch.
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    in addition to something There are other factors over and above those we have discussed.
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