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extemporize

[ik-stem-puh-rahyz] /ɪkˈstɛm pəˌraɪz/
verb (used without object), extemporized, extemporizing.
1.
to speak extemporaneously:
He can extemporize on any of a number of subjects.
2.
to sing, or play on an instrument, composing the music as one proceeds; improvise.
3.
to do or manage something in a makeshift way.
verb (used with object), extemporized, extemporizing.
4.
to make or devise extempore.
5.
Music. to compose offhand; improvise.
Also, especially British, extemporise.
Origin of extemporize
1635-1645
1635-45; extempore + -ize
Related forms
extemporization, noun
extemporizer, noun
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  • 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
  • There was no bed from which to take the sheets and blankets to extemporise a rope.

    Charlie to the Rescue R.M. Ballantyne
  • To reach this, it was necessary to extemporise by means of a rope a species of ratlins by which he could climb the rigging.

  • Lots of your fellow-passengers will have to camp out under any shelter they can extemporise.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • But national spirit could not extemporise a fleet or produce trained officers and sailors to match the conquerors of Lepanto.

  • 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
  • The small jelly-speck, which we call the amœba, has no organs save what it can extemporise as occasion arises.

  • He studied much over his lectures; but as to the form, he was wont to extemporise a great deal.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • One who has made a turnip lantern in his youth will seldom be at a loss to extemporise a shelter for his bit of candle.

  • In the meantime he seated himself at another piano of ancient aspect, and beginning to extemporise soon became lost in reverie.

    Story-Lives of Great Musicians Francis Jameson Rowbotham
British Dictionary definitions for extemporise

extemporize

/ɪkˈstɛmpəˌraɪz/
verb
1.
to perform, speak, or compose (an act, speech, piece of music, etc) without planning or preparation
2.
to use (a temporary solution) for an immediate need; improvise
Derived Forms
extemporization, extemporisation, noun
extemporizer, extemporiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for extemporise

extemporize

v.

1640s (implied in extemporizing), "to speak ex tempore;" see extempore + -ize. Related: Extemporized.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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