Definitions for: Improvise

[v] perform without preparation; "he extemporized a speech at the wedding"
[v] manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand; "after the hurricane destroyed our house, we had to improvise for weeks"

Webster (1913) Definition: Im`pro*vise", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Improvised; p.
pr. & vb. n. Improvising.] [F. improviser, it.
improvvisare, fr. improvviso unprovided, sudden, extempore,
L. improvisus; pref. im- not + provisus foreseen, provided.
See Proviso.]
1. To compose, recite, or sing extemporaneously, especially
in verse; to extemporize; also, to play upon an
instrument, or to act, extemporaneously.

2. To bring about, arrange, or make, on a sudden, or without
previous preparation.

Charles attempted to improvise a peace. --Motley.

3. To invent, or provide, offhand, or on the spur of the
moment; as, he improvised a hammer out of a stone.

Im`pro*vise", v. i.
To produce or render extemporaneous compositions, especially
in verse or in music, without previous preparation; hence, to
do anything offhand.

Synonyms: ad-lib, extemporise, extemporize, extemporize, improvize

See Also: contend, cope, deal, do, execute, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage, perform

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