improve on/upon

improve on/upon
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.

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  • improve on/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 on/upon — achieve or produce something better than. → improve …   English new terms dictionary

  • improve — im‧prove [ɪmˈpruːv] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] FINANCE if shares, prices etc improve by a particular amount, they rise by that amount: • Jaguar improved 21p, closing at 665p. improve by • Hungary s dollar current account improved by a… …   Financial and business terms

  • improve — ► VERB 1) make or become better. 2) (improve on/upon) achieve or produce something better than. 3) (improving) giving moral or intellectual benefit. DERIVATIVES improvability noun improvable adjective improver …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • improve — v. 1) (D; intr.) to improve in (she has improved in English) 2) (d; intr.) to improve on, upon (I cannot improve on her performance) * * * [ɪm pruːv] upon (I cannot improve on her performance) (d; intr.) to improve on (D; intr.) to improve in… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • improve — im|prove W1S2 [ımˈpru:v] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: emprowe to improve (15 16 centuries), from Anglo French emprouer to make a profit , from Old French prou advantage, profit ; probably influenced by approve] [I and T] to make something better,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • improve on — 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

  • 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 — /Im pru:v/ verb 1 (T) to make something better: a course for students wishing to improve their English | Many dishes are greatly improved by adding fresh herbs. 2 (I) become better: Let s hope the weather improves before Saturday. | Some wines… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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