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ad-lib

play
verb \ ˈad-ˈlib \

Definition of ad-lib

ad-libbed; ad-libbing
transitive verb
:to deliver spontaneously
intransitive verb
:to improvise especially lines or a speech

ad-lib

noun

Origin and Etymology of ad-lib

ad lib

ad-lib Synonyms

Synonyms
ad-lib, clap (together or up), extemporize, fake
Related Words
concoct, contrive, cook (up), devise, fabricate, hatch, invent, make up, manufacture, think (up); cobble (together or up), dash (off)
Near Antonyms
arrange, lay, prepare, ready; consider, contemplate, ponder, study; exercise, practice (also practise), rehearse

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ad-lib

adjective

Definition of ad-lib

:spoken, composed, or performed without preparation

First Known Use of ad-lib

1819


ad lib

adverb

Definition of ad lib

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

Origin and Etymology of ad lib

New Latin ad libitum


AD-LIB Defined for English Language Learners

ad-lib

play
verb

Definition of ad-lib for English Language Learners

  • : 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 \

Definition of ad-lib for Students

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 \

medical Definition of ad-lib

:made or done spontaneously :not controlled by a schedule
  • ad-lib feeding of animals

ad lib

play
adverb \ (ˈ)ad-ˈlib \

medical Definition of ad lib

: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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