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]

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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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