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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