improve upon

improve upon
phrasal

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im ˈprove on im ˈprove u ˌpon [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they improve on he/she/it improves on present participle improving on past tense improved on past participle improved on] phrasal verb
to make something better than it was before, or to do something better than you did before

We hope to improve on last year’s performance.

Thesaurus: to make something bettersynonym
Main entry: improve

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  • improve\ upon — • improve (up)on v To make or get one that is better than (another). Dick made good marks the first year, but he thought he could improve on them. Charles built a new model racer for the derby race, because he knew he could improve upon his old… …   Словарь американских идиом

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  • improve upon — phrasal verb improve on or improve upon [transitive] Word forms improve on : present tense I/you/we/they improve on he/she/it improves on present participle improving on past tense improved on past participle improved on improve on/upon something …   English dictionary

  • To improve upon — Improve Im*prove , v. i. 1. To grow better; to advance or make progress in what is desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in health. [1913 Webster] We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence. Atterbury. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • improve upon sth — UK US improve on/upon sth Phrasal Verb with improve({{}}/ɪmˈpruːv/ verb ► to do something in a better way or with better results than before: »We anticipate improving on last year s profits by a modest amount …   Financial and business terms

  • improve upon something — imˈprove on/upon sth derived to achieve or produce sth that is of a better quality than sth else • We ve certainly improved on last year s figures. Main entry: ↑improvederived …   Useful english dictionary

  • improve on/upon — [phrasal verb] improve on/upon (something) : to do better than (something previously done) After months of study, I improved on my original score. It ll be hard to improve upon the success they had last year. • • • Main Entry: ↑improve …   Useful english dictionary

  • Improve — Im*prove , v. i. 1. To grow better; to advance or make progress in what is desirable; to make or show improvement; as, to improve in health. [1913 Webster] We take care to improve in our frugality and diligence. Atterbury. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • improve — [im pro͞ov′] vt. improved, improving [earlier improw < Anglo Fr emprower < en , in + prou, gain, advantage < LL prode, advantage (back form. < L prodesse, to be of advantage): see PRO 2 & IS1] 1. Now Rare to use profitably or to good… …   English World dictionary

  • improve\ on — • improve (up)on v To make or get one that is better than (another). Dick made good marks the first year, but he thought he could improve on them. Charles built a new model racer for the derby race, because he knew he could improve upon his old… …   Словарь американских идиом

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