What does AD LIB mean?

Definitions for AD LIBæd ˈlɪb, ˈæd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word AD LIB.

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Margaret Thatcher:

    I owe nothing to Women's Lib.

  2. Growth President David McIntosh:

    As president, you can't govern by ad lib, tell us exactly what would you do on health care.

  3. Mike Finn:

    In some ways, (Cameron) was protected by the Lib Dems as the leader of a coalition government. It protected him from the right wing of his party, he is going to have to face up to some of his demands from his right that previously he has not had to accede to.

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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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