1 adverb, preposition
a‧bove1 S2 W1
1 in a higher position than something else [= over; ≠ below]:
Our office is above the hairdresser's.
He had a bruise just above his left eye.
I heard a strange noise coming from the room above.
The great bird hovered high above our heads.
2 more than a particular number, amount, or level [≠ below]:
50 metres above sea level
above freezing/zero (=higher than the temperature at which water freezes)
Tonight, temperatures should be just above freezing.
and/or above
free medical care for pensioners aged 65 and above
Prize winners must have gained marks of 80% or above.
The salaries we offer are well above (=much higher than) average.
3 to a greater degree than something else:
Many employers value personality above experience or qualifications.
above all (else) (=used to say that something is more important than anything else)
Max is hardworking, cheerful, and above all honest.
medals awarded for bravery above and beyond the call of duty (=greater than it is your duty to show)
4 louder or clearer than other sounds:
You can always hear her voice above everybody else's.
5 higher in rank, power, or importance [≠ below]:
He never rose above the rank of corporal.
and/or above
officers of the rank of Major and above
from above (=from people in higher authority)
We just obey orders from above.
6 formal before, in the same piece of writing [≠ below]:
As mentioned above, there is a service charge.
Write to the address above for further information.

not be above (doing) something

to not be too good or honest to do something:
Eileen's not above flirting with the boss when it suits her.

be above suspicion/reproach/criticism etc

to be so good that no one can doubt or criticize you:
Even the king's closest advisers were not above suspicion.

get above yourself

to think you are better or more important than you really are

➔ over and above

at over1 (14)

➔ be above the law

at law (13)

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