extemporize

[ ik-stem-puh-rahyz ]
/ ɪkˈstɛm pəˌraɪz /

verb (used without object), ex·tem·po·rized, ex·tem·po·riz·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), ex·tem·po·rized, ex·tem·po·riz·ing.

to make or devise extempore.
Music. to compose offhand; improvise.

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Also especially British, ex·tem·po·rise.

Origin of extemporize

First recorded in 1635–45; extempore + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM extemporize

ex·tem·po·ri·za·tion, nounex·tem·po·riz·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for extemporize

extemporize

extemporise

/ (ɪkˈstɛmpəˌraɪz) /

verb

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

Derived forms of extemporize

extemporization or extemporisation, nounextemporizer or extemporiser, noun
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