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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Definitions for extemporize

  1. to speak with little or no advance preparation: He can extemporize on any of a number of subjects.
  2. to sing, or play on an instrument, composing the music as one proceeds; improvise.
  3. to do or manage something in a makeshift way.

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Citations for extemporize
I began to understand how he'd been able to extemporize an oration that first day we met: because he was constantly shaping monologues from his ideas and memories and fact-findings as if at any moment he might be called upon to address the joint houses of Congress. Joseph O'Neill, Netherland, 2008
It taught children to debate, extemporize, and advocate for themselves, and it helped them develop the vocabulary that tends to reap academic rewards. Margaret Talbot, "The Talking Cure," The New Yorker, January 12, 2015
Origin of extemporize
Extemporize can be traced to the Latin phrase ex tempore meaning "out of the time." It entered English in the mid-1600s.