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."

Primary Meanings of above

1.
adv
in or to a place that is higher
2.
adjn
appearing earlier in the same text
an earlier section of a written text
Full Definitions of above
1

adv in or to a place that is higher

Synonyms:
higher up, in a higher place, to a higher place
Antonyms:
at a lower place, below, beneath, to a lower place
in or to a place that is lower

adv at an earlier place

“see above
Synonyms:
supra
Antonyms:
below
at a later place
2

adj appearing earlier in the same text

“flaws in the above interpretation”
Synonyms:
preceding
existing or coming before

n an earlier section of a written text

“for instructions refer to the above
Type of:
section, subdivision
a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

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