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adjective, adverb, preposition above pronunciation in British English /əˈbʌv/
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Above can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun): The birds were flying high above the trees.
as an adverb (without a following noun): She stared up at the stars above.
as an adjective: Please reply to the above address.
  1. 1
    used for saying where someone/something is
    1. a.
      at a higher level than something or directly over it
      We lived in the room above the shop.
      Curran’s leg was broken above the right knee.
      the snow-covered hills above the village
    2. b.
      in an earlier part of a piece of writing or higher up a page
      Many of the documents mentioned above are now available on the Internet.
      David and Brenda Mitchell, pictured above, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last weekend.
      Interviews will be held at the above address on 2 December.
  2. 2
    higher in amount or standard
    1. a.
      more than a particular number, amount, or level
      The company’s profits were 23% above the previous year’s.
      Temperatures climbed to 31 degrees Celsius – 10 degrees above normal.
    2. b.
      better than a particular standard
      In most subjects the students scored well above average.
  3. 3
    used for saying that something is considered more valuable or more important than other things
    In their society, honesty was prized above all other virtues.
    We value our independence above anything that you can offer us.
  4. 4
    used for saying that someones rank is higher or their job is more important than someone elses
    As a major, Stuart was a rank above me, but we remained good friends.
  5. 5
    if you can hear one sound above other sounds, it is louder or higher than the other sounds
    Carl shouted, but it was impossible to make himself heard above all the noise.
  6. 6
    if you are above a particular type of behaviour, you are such a morally good person that you would not behave in that way
    Jack was cheating? I thought he was above that sort of thing.




a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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