Definition of improvise
1 : to compose, recite, play, or sing extemporaneously
2 : to make, invent, or arrange offhand <the quarterback improvised a play>
3 : to make or fabricate out of what is conveniently on hand <improvise a meal>
: to improvise something
improvisorplay \ˈim-prə-ˌvī-zər, ˌim-prə-ˈvī-\ noun
Examples of improvise in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology 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: 1788
IMPROVISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of improvise for English Language Learners
: to speak or perform without preparation
: to make or create (something) by using whatever is available
IMPROVISE Defined for Kids
Definition of improvise for Students
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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