Definitions for improviseˈɪm prəˌvaɪz

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Princeton's WordNet

  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"

GCIDE

  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.]

Wiktionary

  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 Dictionary

  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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