extemporize

verb ex·tem·po·rize \ ik-ˈstem-pə-ˌrīz \

Definition of extemporize

extemporized; extemporizing
intransitive verb
1 :to do something extemporaneously :improvise; especially :to speak extemporaneously
2 :to get along in a makeshift manner
transitive verb
:to compose, perform, or utter extemporaneously :improvise
  • extemporized an after-dinner speech

extemporizer

noun

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Examples of extemporize in a Sentence

  1. a good talk show host has to be able to extemporize the interviews when things don't go as planned

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Extemporize means to say or do something on the spur of the moment, an appropriate meaning given the word's history. "Extemporize" was coined by adding the suffix -ize to Latin ex tempore, meaning "instantaneously" or "on the spur of the moment." "Ex tempore," in turn, was formed by combining "ex" and a form of the noun tempus, meaning "time." Incidentally, "ex tempore" was also borrowed wholesale into English (where it means "extemporaneously"). Other descendents of Latin ex tempore include the now rare "extemporal" and "extemporary" (both synonyms of "extemporaneous"), and, as you have no doubt guessed by now, "extemporaneous" itself.

First Known Use of extemporize

1592

extemporize Synonyms

Synonyms
ad-lib, clap (together or up), improvise, 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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