Definition of improvise
- the quarterback improvised a play
- improvise a meal
If you forget any of your lines, try to improvise.
Good jazz musicians know how to improvise.
He had to improvise his opening speech when he forgot his notes.
The trumpet player performed an improvised solo.
I wasn't expecting guests, so I had to improvise a meal with what I had in my refrigerator.
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: to speak or perform without preparation
: to make or create (something) by using whatever is available
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