- 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
Related Words for improviseconcoct, devise, ad-lib, contrive, invent, brainstorm, jam, spark, extemporize, coin, fake, slapdash, improv
Examples from the Web for improvise
Contemporary Examples of improvise
But I will say the hardest to play for me—well, one of the easiest to improvise, but also the hardest character is Liz.The Zany Shades of Nick Kroll
December 15, 2014
We had to improvise a little bit to make this position work, but it paid off in the end.I Tried Cosmo’s New Lesbian Sex Tips
November 18, 2014
A shortage of pentobarbital has forced some states to improvise, often with gruesome consequences.Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco
September 18, 2014
The Click & Style is easy to talk about because I use it so much, so it was easy to improvise on set.How 'The Mindy Project' Star Adam Pally Became Hollywood's Go-To 'Bro'
August 6, 2014
“We had to improvise,” Yehudit Ayalon, who began working 10-hour shifts in the factory at age 19, told Haaretz last year.Israel Had a Secret, Underground Bullet Factory
July 18, 2014
Historical Examples of improvise
In cloudy weather you can improvise a game on the dining-room table.
But best of all were the evenings when the Marquis chose to improvise.The Inn at the Red Oak
We found out about your invention only at the last moment and therefore had to improvise.Forever
The easiest stretcher for a scout to improvise is the coat stretcher.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
And you shall see, too, what a lawyer-like defence I am able to improvise.Debts of Honor
- 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 for improvise
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.