Definitions for improviseˈɪm prəˌvaɪz

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  1. improvise, improvize, ad-lib, extemporize, extemporise(verb)

    perform without preparation

    "he extemporized a speech at the wedding"

  2. improvise, extemporize(verb)

    manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand

    "after the hurricane destroyed our house, we had to improvise for weeks"

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  1. Improvise(v. t.)

    To bring about, arrange, do, or make, immediately or on short notice, without previous preparation and with no known precedent as a guide.

  2. Origin: [F. improviser, it. improvvisare, fr. improvviso unprovided, sudden, extempore, L. improvisus; pref. im- not + provisus foreseen, provided. See Proviso.]

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  1. improvise(Verb)

    To make something up or invent it as one goes on; to proceed guided only by imagination, instinct, and guesswork rather than by a careful plan.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Improvise(verb)

    to compose, recite, or sing extemporaneously, especially in verse; to extemporize; also, to play upon an instrument, or to act, extemporaneously

  2. Improvise(verb)

    to bring about, arrange, or make, on a sudden, or without previous preparation

  3. Improvise(verb)

    to invent, or provide, offhand, or on the spur of the moment; as, he improvised a hammer out of a stone

  4. Improvise(verb)

    to produce or render extemporaneous compositions, especially in verse or in music, without previous preparation; hence, to do anything offhand

  5. Origin: [F. improviser, it. improvvisare, fr. improvviso unprovided, sudden, extempore, L. improvisus; pref. im- not + provisus foreseen, provided. See Proviso.]


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