- 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
Examples from the Web for improviser
Contemporary Examples of improviser
But if he did very well as a reader on Thursday, he fared much worse as an improviser two days earlier.Bush is Broken, Frightened, And Plagued By Voices
January 16, 2009
Historical Examples of improviser
As a listener my Philosopher is no less successful than as an improviser.By the Christmas Fire
Samuel McChord Crothers
But he appears to have been more of an improviser than a reciter.Ballads of Romance and Chivalry
He is not an improviser; his temptations are of another sort.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
But he was an improviser of genius, and Mr. Stevenson was a conscious artist.Adventures among Books
Amateur and improviser of genius, let us praise him as such.The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened
- 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.