- made or said without previous preparation: an improvised skit.
Origin of improvised
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- to compose and perform or deliver without previous preparation; extemporize: to improvise an acceptance speech.
- to compose, play, recite, or sing (verse, music, etc.) on the spur of the moment.
- to make, provide, or arrange from whatever materials are readily available: We improvised a dinner from yesterday's leftovers.
- to compose, utter, execute, or arrange anything extemporaneously: When the actor forgot his lines he had to improvise.
Origin of improvise
Examples from the Web for improvised
Half of it is taken up by the bunk beds and improvised benches.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
“That was improvised quite a bit,” Travolta told The Daily Beast.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary
October 19, 2014
He patrolled on foot, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) filled the donkey paths that crisscrossed the wadis and hills.How a Thumb-Sized Gauge Is Revolutionizing Traumatic Brain Injuries
March 23, 2014
Yelena Fomina provides free psychological help at an improvised office occupying a former McDonalds ron the corner of the Maidan.Kiev’s Protestors Put on Uniforms
March 15, 2014
Lest I take it not quite seriously, my commander slapped me on the back and threw a pebble into the improvised line of LEDs.War Games: Microsoft Invades Liechtenstein for Halo 4 Blowout
November 8, 2012
He assisted the Leopard Woman to this improvised couch and laid her upon it.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
He realized then his fortune in finding this improvised cave-house.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Rossini improvised the most delightful harmony, which filled me with emotion.
An improvised litter was just being borne along by two workmen.
Goliah, who could not stir a finger, bent his eyes on his improvised defender.The Downfall
- to perform or make quickly from materials and sources available, without previous planning
- to perform (a poem, play, piece of music, etc), composing as one goes along
Word Origin and History for improvised
1826, back-formation from improvisation, or else from French improviser (17c.), from Italian improvisare "to sing or speak extempore," from improviso, from Latin improvisus "unforeseen, unexpected" (see improvisation). Or possibly a back-formation from improvisation. Related: Improvised; improvising.