Extemporize
Extemporize Ex*tem"po*rize, v. t. To do, make, or utter extempore or off-hand; to prepare in great haste, under urgent necessity, or with scanty or unsuitable materials; as, to extemporize a dinner, a costume, etc. [1913 Webster]

Themistocles . . . was of all men the best able to extemporize the right thing to be done. --Jowett (Thucyd. ). [1913 Webster]

Pitt, of whom it was said that he could extemporize a Queen's speech --Lord Campbell. [1913 Webster]


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  • Extemporize — Ex*tem po*rize, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Extemporized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Extemporizing}.] To speak extempore; especially, to discourse without special preparation; to make an offhand address. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extemporize — 1640s (implied in extemporizing), to speak ex tempore; see EXTEMPORE (Cf. extempore) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Extemporized …   Etymology dictionary

  • extemporize — (Amer.) ex·tem·po·rize || ɪk stempÉ™raɪz v. do something (i.e. sing, perform, speak) without advance preparation, improvise (also extemporise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • extemporize — [v] improvise ad lib, dash out, devise, do offhand*, improvisate, invent, knock off*, make up, play by ear*, toss off*; concept 51 Ant. plan, prepare, read, rehearse …   New thesaurus

  • extemporize — (also extemporise) ► VERB ▪ improvise. DERIVATIVES extemporization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • extemporize — [eks tem′pərīz΄, ik stem′pərīz΄] vi., vt. extemporized, extemporizing 1. to speak, perform, or compose extempore; improvise 2. to furnish or contrive (things) in a makeshift way to meet a pressing need extemporization n. extemporizer n …   English World dictionary

  • extemporize — UK [ɪkˈstempəraɪz] / US [ɪkˈstempəˌraɪz] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms extemporize : present tense I/you/we/they extemporize he/she/it extemporizes present participle extemporizing past tense extemporized past participle extemporized… …   English dictionary

  • extemporize — extemporization, n. extemporizer, n. /ik stem peuh ruyz /, v., extemporized, extemporizing. v.i. 1. to speak extemporaneously: He can extemporize on any of a number of subjects. 2. to sing, or play on an instrument, composing the music as one… …   Universalium

  • extemporize — See temporize. See temporize, extemporize …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • extemporize — [[t]ɪkste̱mpəraɪz[/t]] extemporizes, extemporizing, extemporized VERB If you extemporize, you speak, act, or perform something immediately, without rehearsing or preparing it beforehand. [FORMAL] He completely departed from the text and… …   English dictionary

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