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improvise

verb im·pro·vise \ˈim-prə-ˌvīz also ˌim-prə-ˈ\

: to speak or perform without preparation

: to make or create (something) by using whatever is available

im·pro·visedim·pro·vis·ing

Full Definition of IMPROVISE

transitive verb
1
:  to compose, recite, play, or sing extemporaneously
2
:  to make, invent, or arrange offhand
3
:  to make or fabricate out of what is conveniently on hand <improvise a meal>
intransitive verb
:  to improvise something
im·pro·vis·er or im·pro·vi·sor \-ˌvī-zər, -ˈvī-\ noun

Examples of IMPROVISE

  1. If you forget any of your lines, try to improvise.
  2. Good jazz musicians know how to improvise.
  3. He had to improvise his opening speech when he forgot his notes.
  4. The trumpet player performed an improvised solo.
  5. I wasn't expecting guests, so I had to improvise a meal with what I had in my refrigerator.

Origin of IMPROVISE

French improviser, from Italian improvvisare, from improvviso sudden, from Latin improvisus, literally, unforeseen, from in- + provisus, past participle of providēre to see ahead — more at provide
First Known Use: 1826

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

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IMPROVISE Defined for Kids

improvise

verb im·pro·vise \ˈim-prə-ˌvīz\
im·pro·visedim·pro·vis·ing

Definition of IMPROVISE for Kids

1
:  to speak or perform without preparing ahead of time <I improvised a song on the spot.>
2
:  to make, invent, or arrange by using whatever is available <… Cluny sat beneath an awning that had been improvised from the damaged tent. — Brian Jacques, Redwall>

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