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English definition of “curve”


noun [C]
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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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