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improve on/upon sth

verb [I or T] uk phrasal verb with improve   /ɪmˈpruːv/ us  
to do something in a better way or with better results than before: Last time she ran the race in 20 minutes, so she's hoping to improve on that.
Translations of “improve on/upon sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 改進, 提高…
in Chinese (Simplified) 改进, 提高…
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