above all

a·bove all
A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-buhv awl]
    • /əˈbʌv ɔl/
    • /əˈbʌv ɔːl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-buhv awl]
    • /əˈbʌv ɔl/

Definitions of above all words

  • phrase above all You say above all to indicate that the thing you are mentioning is the most important point. 3
  • noun above all most of all; especially 3
  • noun above all most of all; mainly 3
  • adverb above all wholly; entirely; completely: all alone. 1
  • adverb above all only; exclusively: He spent his income all on pleasure. 1
  • adverb above all each; apiece: The score was one all. 1

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Origin of above all

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English above(n) (Cf. aboon), Old English abufan, onbufan (a-1, on + bufan above (cognate with Dutch boven), equivalent to b(e) by1 + ufan, cognate with Old Frisian uva, Old Saxon oban(a), Old High German obana, German oben, Old Norse ofan above; akin to over); see up; cf. about for formation

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Parts of speech for Above all


above all popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

above all usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for above all

adv above all

  • chiefly — You use chiefly to indicate that a particular reason, emotion, method, or feature is the main or most important one.
  • mainly — chiefly; principally; for the most part; in the main; to the greatest extent: Our success was due mainly to your efforts. The audience consisted mainly of students.
  • mostly — for the most part; in the main: The work is mostly done.
  • primarily — essentially; mostly; chiefly; principally: They live primarily from farming.
  • principally — chiefly; mainly.

Antonyms for above all

adv above all

  • lastly — in conclusion; in the last place; finally.

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