What does AD LIB mean?

Definitions for AD LIBæd ˈlɪb, ˈæd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ad-lib(adj)

    remark made spontaneously without prior preparation

    "his ad-libs got him in trouble with the politicians"

  2. ad-lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, impromptu, offhand, offhanded, off-the-cuff, unrehearsed(adj)

    with little or no preparation or forethought

    "his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment"; "an extemporaneous piano recital"; "an extemporary lecture"; "an extempore skit"; "an impromptu speech"; "offhand excuses"; "trying to sound offhanded and reassuring"; "an off-the-cuff toast"; "a few unrehearsed comments"

  3. ad-lib, spontaneous, unwritten(verb)

    said or done without having been planned or written in advance

    "he made a few ad-lib remarks"

  4. improvise, improvize, ad-lib, extemporize, extemporise(adverb)

    perform without preparation

    "he extemporized a speech at the wedding"

  5. ad lib, ad libitum, spontaneously, impromptu(adverb)

    without advance preparation

    "he spoke ad lib"


  1. ad lib(Verb)

    To perform without script.

  2. ad lib(Verb)

    To perform without preparation.

  3. ad lib(Verb)

    To perform extemporaneously.

  4. ad lib(Adverb)

    At pleasure.

  5. ad lib(Adverb)

    At will.

  6. ad lib(Adverb)

    To whatever extent.

  7. ad lib(Adverb)


  8. ad lib(Adjective)

    Extemporaneous, impromptu.

  9. Origin: abbreviation of ad libitum, from New Latin ad libitum.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of AD LIB in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of AD LIB in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • improvisieren, beliebig, Herzenslust, nach, improvisiert, unvorbereitetGerman
  • improvisadoSpanish
  • tetszés szerintHungarian
  • à vontade, improvisar, improvisadoPortuguese
  • как угодно, экспромт, сколько угодноRussian
  • พูดกลอนสดThai
  • lib quảng cáoVietnamese

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