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 .
- ex·tem·po·ri·za·tion, noun
- ex·tem·po·riz·er, noun
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How to use extemporize in a sentence
The small jelly-speck, which we call the amœba, has no organs save what it can extemporize as occasion arises.Evolution, Old & New | Samuel Butler
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
I have known but one other person besides Hook, who could extemporize in English; and he wanted the confidence to do it in public.
Yet another use, on which much ingenuity was expended in the 18th century, is to extemporize retrenchments.
My saddle, a hunting one, could not be kept in place, and we had to extemporize a breast-plate with string.At the Court of the Amr | John Alfred Gray
British Dictionary definitions for extemporize
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
- extemporization or extemporisation, noun
- extemporizer or extemporiser, noun
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