Definitions for improviseˈɪm prəˌvaɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•pro•viseˈɪm prəˌvaɪz(v.)-vised, -vis•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to perform or deliver without previous preparation:

    to improvise a sermon.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. to compose (verse, music, etc.) on the spur of the moment.

    Category: Music and Dance, Showbiz

  3. to make, provide, or arrange from whatever materials are readily available:

    to improvise dinner.

  4. (v.i.)to compose, utter, execute, or arrange anything extemporaneously.

    Category: Music and Dance, Showbiz

Origin of improvise:

1820–30; It improviso improvised < L imprōvīsus=im-im -2+prōvīsus, ptp. of prōvidēre to provide


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. improvise(verb)ˈɪm prəˌvaɪz

    to create or invent sth using whatever is available

    We had no coffee filters so we improvised with some paper towels.

  2. improviseˈɪm prəˌvaɪz

    to act, sing, play an instrument, etc. without planning what to say, sing, or play; = ad-lib

    Jazz musicians love to improvise.


  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

Translations for improvise

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to compose and perform (a poem, tune etc) without preparation

The pianist forgot his music and had to improvise.

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