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English definition of “curve”

curve

noun [C]     /kɜːv/
GRAPHS & CHARTS a line on a graph that shows a relationship between two sets of information , for example changes in price over time : Copper looks like it has reached the top of its price curve.a falling/downward curve Research spending has been on a falling curve. a rising / upward curvea steep/smooth/sharp curve Climate change appears to demand we put our electricity usage on a steep downward curve.
ahead of the curve more advanced , or developing , understanding something, or reaching a point more quickly than other things or people : The ability to speak two languages puts you ahead of the curve in the job market .
behind the curve less advanced , or developing , understanding something, or reaching a point more slowly than other things or people : The latest price indices are well behind the curve and have not yet picked up dramatic changes in consumer confidence .
→ See also adoption curve, bell curve, demand curve, experience curve, growth curve, indifference curve, J-curve, learning curve, yield curve
(Definition of curve noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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