Meaning of “above” in the English Dictionary

"above" in British English

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aboveadverb, preposition

uk /əˈbʌv/ us /əˈbʌv/

above adverb, preposition (HIGHER POSITION)

A1 in or to a higher position than something else:

There's a mirror above the sink.
He waved the letter excitedly above his head.
She's rented a room above a shop.
Her name comes above mine on the list.
The helicopter was hovering above the building.
It's on the shelf just above your head.
A crack had started to appear just above the light on the ceiling.

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above adverb, preposition (MORE)

A2 more than an amount or level:

It says on the box it's for children aged three and above.
Rates of pay are above average.
Temperatures rarely rise above zero in winter.
She values her job above her family.
They value their freedom above (and beyond) all else.
above all

B1 most importantly:

Above all, I'd like to thank my family.
Above all, I'd say I value kindness.

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above adverb, preposition (RANK)

in a more important or advanced position than someone else:

Sally's a grade above me.

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aboveadverb, adjective

uk /əˈbʌv/ us /əˈbʌv/

above adverb, adjective (ON PAGE)

B1 When used in a piece of writing, "above" means higher on the page, or on a previous page:

Please send the articles to the address given above.
The letter was sent to the above address.
the above

all the people or things listed earlier:

All of the above should be invited.
Once we've finished all of the above we can start on the next project.

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(Definition of “above” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"above" in American English

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aboveadverb, preposition

us /əˈbʌv/

higher than, more than, or at a level greater than:

The helicopter was hovering above the building.
Temperatures here rarely rise above freezing in winter.
Our wages are above average.
I could hardly hear him above the blare of the music.

In writing, above can mean as stated higher up on this page or on a previous page:

Refer to the diagram shown above.

To be above doing something is to consider yourself too important or too moral to do it:

He’s not above lying to protect himself.

Idiom(s)

aboveplural noun

us /əˈbʌv/

those mentioned earlier:

All of the above are to be included.

(Definition of “above” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)