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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyimprove on
he/she/itimproves on
present participleimproving on
past tenseimproved on
past participleimproved on

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or improve upon

  1. improve upon/on something to make something better than it was before, or to do something better than you did before
    We hope to improve upon last year’s performance.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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