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improvise

[ im-pruh-vahyz ]
/ 藞瑟m pr蓹藢va瑟z /
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Definition of improvise

verb (used with object), im路pro路vised, im路pro路vis路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), im路pro路vised, im路pro路vis路ing.
to compose, utter, execute, or arrange anything extemporaneously: When the actor forgot his lines he had to improvise.
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Origin of improvise

First recorded in 1820鈥30; from French improviser, or its source, Italian improvisare (later improvvisare ), verbal derivative of improviso 鈥渋mprovised,鈥 from Latin impr艒v墨sus, equivalent to im- 鈥渦n-鈥 + pr艒v墨sus, past participle of pr艒vid膿re 鈥渢o see beforehand, prepare, provide for (a future circumstance)鈥; see im-2, proviso

OTHER WORDS FROM improvise

im路pro路vis路er, im路pro路vi路sor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for improvise

improvise
/ (藞瑟mpr蓹藢va瑟z) /

verb
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

Derived forms of improvise

improviser, noun

Word Origin for improvise

C19: from French, from Italian improvvisare, from Latin impr艒v墨sus unforeseen, from im- (not) + pr艒v墨sus, from pr艒vid膿re to foresee; see provide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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