- to speak extemporaneously: He can extemporize on any of a number of subjects.
- to sing, or play on an instrument, composing the music as one proceeds; improvise.
- to do or manage something in a makeshift way.
- to make or devise extempore.
- Music. to compose offhand; improvise.
Also especially British, ex·tem·po·rise.
Origin of extemporize
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Examples from the Web for extemporise
There was no bed from which to take the sheets and blankets to extemporise a rope.Charlie to the Rescue
As I crossed the floor I tried to extemporise a prayer, but stopped short to listen, and never finished it.J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 1
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Lots of your fellow-passengers will have to camp out under any shelter they can extemporise.Nevermore
But national spirit could not extemporise a fleet or produce trained officers and sailors to match the conquerors of Lepanto.English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century
James Anthony Froude
More than this, in one corner still lay some of the wraps which he had evidently used to extemporise a bed.The Cock-House at Fellsgarth
Talbot Baines Reed
- to perform, speak, or compose (an act, speech, piece of music, etc) without planning or preparation
- to use (a temporary solution) for an immediate need; improvise
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Word Origin and History for extemporise
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