- 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 extemporize
He could not read or write, but he was wise, And knew right smart how to extemporize.
Being a victim of the unforeseen, no choice remains to me; I must extemporize.'Neath Verdun, August-October, 1914
They could extemporize board and men, but how to raise the bits of ivory?Bits of Blarney
R. Shelton Mackenzie
I used to learn the songs by heart and invent and extemporize tunes for them.My Boyhood
If you extemporize you can get much closer to your audience.The Art of Public Speaking
Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
- 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 extemporize
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