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ad-lib

verb \ ˈad-ˈlib \
Updated on: 22 Feb 2018
ad-libbed; ad-libbing
: to deliver spontaneously
: to improvise especially lines or a speech

ad-lib

noun

Origin and Etymology of ad-lib

derivative of ad lib

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ad-lib

adjective
: spoken, composed, or performed without preparation

Origin and Etymology of ad-lib

derivative of ad lib

ad lib

adverb
1 : in accordance with one's wishes
2 : without restraint or limit

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Origin and Etymology of ad lib

short for 1ad libitum

AD-LIB Defined for English Language Learners

ad-lib

  • : to make up words or music in a performance instead of saying or playing something that has been planned


AD-LIB Defined for Kids

ad-lib

verb \ ˈad-ˈlib \
ad-libbed; ad-libbing
: to make up something and especially music or spoken lines during a performance : improvise

Medical Dictionary

ad-lib

adjective \ (ˈ)ad-ˈlib \
: made or done spontaneously : not controlled by a schedule
  • ad-lib feeding of animals

ad lib

adverb \ (ˈ)ad-ˈlib \
: without restraint or imposed limit : as much or as often as is wanted
  • the animals were given water ad lib
  • Science
often used in writing prescriptions


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