[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. extemporal,
  2. extemporaneous,
  3. extemporaneously,
  4. extemporary,
  5. extempore,
  6. extend,
  7. extend credit to,
  8. extendable,
  9. extended,
  10. extended care

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

Origin of extemporize

First recorded in 1635–45; extempore + -ize

Related formsex·tem·po·ri·za·tion, nounex·tem·po·riz·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for extemporize



/ (ɪkˈstɛmpəˌraɪz) /


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 Formsextemporization or extemporisation, nounextemporizer or extemporiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for extemporize



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

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