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improve (up)on (something)

To make something better or more outstanding. Your grade is pretty good so far, but I think you can improve upon it as the semester goes on. Do you have any ideas for how we can improve on this ad campaign?
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improve (up)on something

to make something better. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Do you really think you can improve upon this song? No one can improve on my favorite melody.
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improve on

Make beneficial additions or changes to, as in The company is trying to improve on the previous model. [Late 1600s]
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improve on

or improve upon
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To make beneficial additions or changes to something; make something better: We can improve on this room by painting it. I improved upon the recipe by adding more spices.
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Rigazio-DiGilio, Supervision for Learning: A Performance-Based Approach to Teacher Development and School Improvement is a resource especially for school leaders striving to improve upon traditional methods of teacher supervision and evaluation.
Ostabolin-C, a cyclic 1-31 amino acid analog of parathyroid hormone (PTH), is a bone formation agent designed to improve upon the safety and efficacy of current therapies in the large and rapidly growing osteoporosis market.
After GW develops the initial blueprint for the program at sea, Stennis will implement the program and improve upon it before other carriers begin implementation.
The growing need to improve upon the visibility network protocol for RFID tags has prompted the IEEE, Piscataway, N.J., to begin work on a new standard to unify and update the system.
Phantom Works VP and GM Kevin Brown called the deal, which also involves Honeywell and Rockwell Collins, "strategically critical" at a press briefing in Arlington, Va., saying that it is in Boeing's best interest to help improve upon an ATM system whose capacity constraints might mitigate the sale of new aircraft.
Take a hard look at your organization's strengths and weaknesses and improve upon them, suggests Weaver.
He says he's "fairly disciplined in his approach, but one who actively seeks input from others." Applying his style to FEI, he believes that in working with others in leadership and his colleagues on the board, he can help continue to provide and improve upon the value experience that members seek.
TRESSEL: I have to improve upon a lot of things because the game changes so fast.
Now, trapped in a hell of their own making, they watch helplessly and cluelessly as their own kids set out to repeat and improve upon their parents' folly.
The ability for the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition community to adapt to change, act rapidly, be innovative, and continuously improve upon practices requires the infrastructure and the cultural atmosphere that facilitates these attributes.
An item submitted for review must outline a plan to correct a specific problem, improve upon the quality, or create a new approach or method.
Vodafone was finally able to improve upon its relatively weak autumn 2003 performance.
Lion envisions using the particles to improve upon what's called pump-and-treat remediation.
In addition to providing PIMA a forum for recognizing individual accomplishments and donor contributions, Heuchling says, joining with the Hall of Fame will enable PIMA to improve upon its history of celebrating the contributions of its members.