improvise

[c]/ˈɪmprəvaɪz / (say 'impruhvuyz)

verb (improvised, improvising)
verb (t)
1. to prepare or provide offhand or hastily; extemporise: *The Bulldogs had to improvise in attack last Friday night during the close loss to Collingwood. –aap news, 2000.
2. to construct without having access to the material or components normally thought of as necessary: *He was holding ajar the door of their crudely improvised cabin –patrick white, 1976.
3. to compose (verse, music, etc.) on the spur of the moment.
4. Jazz to perform a solo part extemporaneously on the basis of an established melody and rhythm.
verb (i)
5. to compose, utter, or execute anything extemporaneously: without proper equipment we had to improvise.
{French improviser, from Italian improvvisare, from improvviso extempore, from Latin imprōvīsus unforeseen, unexpected}
improviser, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • improvise — [im′prə vīz΄] vt., vi. improvised, improvising [Fr improviser < It improvvisare < improvviso, unprepared < L improvisus, unforeseen < in , not + provisus, pp. of providere, to foresee, anticipate: see PROVIDE] 1. to compose, or… …   English World dictionary

  • Improvise — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Improvise — 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • improvise — index compose, conjure, contrive, create, devise (invent), invent (produce for the first time), make, originate …   Law dictionary

  • improvisé — improvisé, ée (in pro vi zé, zée) part. passé d improviser. Chanson improvisée. Fête improvisée …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • improvise — (v.) 1826, back formation from improvisation, or else from Fr. improviser (17c.), from It. improvisare to sing or speak extempore, from improviso, from L. improvisus unforeseen, unexpected (see IMPROVISATION (Cf. improvisation)). Or possibly a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • improvise — is spelt ise, not ize …   Modern English usage

  • improvise — [v] make up ad lib, brainstorm, coin, concoct, contrive, dash off*, devise, do offhand, do off top of head*, dream up, extemporize, fake, fake it, improv*, improvisate, invent, jam*, knock off*, make do*, slapdash*, spark, speak off the cuff*,… …   New thesaurus

  • improvise — ► VERB 1) create and perform (music, drama, or verse) spontaneously or without preparation. 2) make from whatever is available. DERIVATIVES improvisation noun improvisational adjective improvisatory adjective improviser noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • improvise — [[t]ɪ̱mprəvaɪz[/t]] improvises, improvising, improvised 1) VERB If you improvise, you make or do something using whatever you have or without having planned it in advance. You need a wok with a steaming rack for this; if you don t have one,… …   English dictionary

  • improvise — UK [ˈɪmprəvaɪz] / US [ˈɪmprəˌvaɪz] verb Word forms improvise : present tense I/you/we/they improvise he/she/it improvises present participle improvising past tense improvised past participle improvised 1) a) [intransitive] to do something without …   English dictionary

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