above all

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1. On high; overhead: the clouds above.
2. In heaven; heavenward.
a. Upstairs: a table in the dining room above.
b. To a degree that is over zero: 15° above.
4. In or to a higher place.
5. In an earlier part of a given text: "Unlike the species discussed above, bees, ants, and wasps don't make males and females using combinations of special sex chromosomes" (Marlene Zuk).
6. In or to a higher rank or position: the ranks of major and above.
1. Over or higher than: a cool spring above the timberline.
2. Superior to in rank, position, or number; greater than: put principles above expediency.
3. Beyond the level or reach of: a shot that was heard above the music.
4. In preference to: chose quality above quantity.
5. Too honorable or proud to undertake: I am not above trying to bribe you. Do you think you are above bagging your own groceries?
6. More than: somewhat above normal temperature.
7. Upstream of: a dam positioned ten miles above the town.
8. North of: Minnesota is above Iowa.
1. An earlier part of a given text: Refer to the above for that information.
2. The person or persons already referred to in a text: The above hereby affix their signatures.
Appearing earlier in the same text: flaws in the above interpretation.
above all
Over and above all other factors or considerations: Above all, tell the truth.

[Middle English aboven, from Old English abūfan : a-, on; see a-2 + būfan, above; see upo in Indo-European roots.]
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Adv.1.above all - above and beyond all other consideration; "above all, you must be independent"
2.above all - taking everything together; "she was first and last a scientist"
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(əˈbav) preposition
1. in a higher position than. a picture above the fireplace.
2. greater than. The child's intelligence is above average.
3. too good for. The police must be above suspicion.
1. higher up. seen from above.
2. (in a book etc) earlier or higher up on the page. See above.
aˌbove-ˈboard adjective
open and honourable; not secret. His dealings are all above-board.
above all
most importantly. He is strong, brave and, above all, honest.
References in classic literature ?
But above all, an oyster does not take any interest in scenery--he scorns it.
Its entire population had assembled in crowds, and were yelling with anger and fear, at the same time vainly directing their arrows against this monster of the air that swept along so majestically away above all their powerless fury.
4 : to a greater degree than <She values her family above all else.