To improve on
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 advance or progress in bad qualities; to grow worse. ``Domitian improved in cruelty.'' --Milner. [1913 Webster]

3. To increase; to be enhanced; to rise in value; as, the price of cotton improves. [1913 Webster]

{To improve on} or {To improve upon}, to make useful additions or amendments to, or changes in; to bring nearer to perfection; as, to improve on the mode of tillage. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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 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\ 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

  • improve on — or[improve upon] {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 …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • improve on — or[improve upon] {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 …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • improve on 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 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 — Make better, make improvement in, bring nearer to perfection …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • How to Live on 24 Hours a Day — (1910), written by Arnold Bennett, is part of a larger work entitled How to Live . In this volume, he offers practical advice on how one might live (as opposed to just existing ) within the confines of 24 hours a day.PhilosophyIn the book,… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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