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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.
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.
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.
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)
louder or clearer than other sounds:
You can always hear her voice above everybody else's.
higher in rank, power, or importance [≠ below]:
He never rose above the rank of corporal.
officers of the rank of Major and above
from above (=from people in higher authority)
We just obey orders from above.
before, in the same piece of writing [≠ below]:
As mentioned above, there is a service charge.
Write to the address above for further information.
to not be too good or honest to do something:
Eileen's not above flirting with the boss when it suits her.
to be so good that no one can doubt or criticize you:
Even the king's closest advisers were not above suspicion.
to think you are better or more important than you really are