American English

Definition of above preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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. 4too 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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: above