[ im-pruh-vahyzd ]
/ ˈɪm prəˌvaɪzd /


made or said without previous preparation: an improvised skit.

Origin of improvised

First recorded in 1830–40; improvise + -ed2


im·pro·vis·ed·ly [im-pruh-vahy-zid-lee] /ˌɪm prəˈvaɪ zɪd li/, adverbun·im·pro·vised, adjectivewell-im·pro·vised, adjective

Definition for improvised (2 of 2)

[ im-pruh-vahyz ]
/ ˈɪm prəˌvaɪz /

verb (used with object), im·pro·vised, im·pro·vis·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·pro·vised, im·pro·vis·ing.

to compose, utter, execute, or arrange anything extemporaneously: When the actor forgot his lines he had to improvise.

Origin of improvise

1820–30; < French improviser, or its source, Italian improvisare (later improvvisare), verbal derivative of improviso improvised < Latin imprōvīsus, equivalent to im- im-2 + prōvīsus past participle of prōvidēre to see beforehand, prepare, provide for (a future circumstance). See proviso


im·pro·vis·er, im·pro·vi·sor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for improvised

/ (ˈɪmprəˌvaɪz) /


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 imprōvīsus unforeseen, from im- (not) + prōvīsus, from prōvidēre to foresee; see provide
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