improve on/upon

phrasal verb

improved on/upon; improving on/upon; improves on/upon
: 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.

Examples of improve on/upon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paramount insiders are hopeful that the forecast will improve on Saturday as parents and kids turn out in force. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2024 Acceleration figures have not been released, but the Midsummer is claimed to improve on the Plus Six’s time of 4.2 seconds from zero to 62 mph. Ben Oliver, Robb Report, 16 May 2024 The Broadway Complete Streets project is a two-phase project that aims to improve on traffic and safety on Broadway, and make the street inviting to the community, according to the release. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 14 May 2024 Jackson has the potential to add to that legacy and perhaps even improve on it. Matt Weyrich, Baltimore Sun, 11 Apr. 2024 After the visit, Haas told Holly that the conditions needed to improve on the property. Claudia Levens, Journal Sentinel, 8 May 2024 There was never any intention of trying to improve on it or surpass it in any way. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 3 May 2024 Once the base of companies contributing to the USF is expanded, the FCC can replicate or even improve upon the subsidy that Congress provided in the ACP. Gigi Sohn, The Verge, 5 Apr. 2024 Forma helps users quickly evaluate dozens of different design options and improve upon the ones with the best features. Robert Defrancesco, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024

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“Improve on/upon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/improve%20on%2Fupon. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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