› 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 curve**a 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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary
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October 22, 2014

We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,