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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-buhv-ground]
    • /əˈbʌvˌgraʊnd/
    • /əˈbʌvgraʊnd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-buhv-ground]
    • /əˈbʌvˌgraʊnd/

Definitions of aboveground word

  • adjective aboveground occurring, situated, etc. above or on the surface of the earth 3
  • adjective aboveground not secret or hidden; free, open, etc. 3
  • adverb aboveground above or on the surface of the earth 3
  • adverb aboveground not secretly; openly, etc. 3
  • adjective aboveground situated on or above the ground. 1
  • adjective aboveground not secret or hidden; in the open: the aboveground activities of the country's left-wing faction. 1

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Origin of aboveground

First appearance:

before 1875
One of the 25% newest English words
First recorded in 1875-80; above + ground1

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Parts of speech for Aboveground


aboveground popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 69% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

aboveground usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for aboveground

noun aboveground

  • surface — the outer face, outside, or exterior boundary of a thing; outermost or uppermost layer or area.

Antonyms for aboveground

adjective aboveground

  • on the qton the q.t., stealthily; secretly: to meet someone on the q.t.
  • on the sly — cunning or wily: sly as a fox.
  • under cover — to be or serve as a covering for; extend over; rest on the surface of: Snow covered the fields.
  • underground — beneath the surface of the ground: traveling underground by subway.

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