above Definition

  • 1at or to a higher place or position than something/somebody
  • 2more than a particular amount, number, or level
  • 3better or more important than somebody/something

Using above: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "above" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sun is above the horizon.

  • Example

    The temperature is above freezing.

  • Example

    His work is above average.

  • Example

    The painting is above the sofa.

above Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for above

  • over
  • higher than
  • on top of
  • superior to
  • greater than

Antonyms for above

Phrases with above

  • above and beyond

    more than what is expected or required


    She went above and beyond to help us with our project.

  • most importantly


    Above all, we need to ensure the safety of our employees.

  • open and honest, without any hidden motives or deception


    We want to make sure that everything is above board in this business deal.

Origins of above

from Old English 'abufan'


Summary: above in Brief

'Above' [əˈbʌv] refers to a higher place or position, a greater amount or level, or something better or more important. It can be used as a preposition, adverb, or adjective. Phrases like 'above and beyond' and 'above board' use 'above' to denote going beyond expectations or being open and honest, respectively.

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