Improvise Im`pro*vise", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Improvised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Improvising}.] [F. improviser, it. improvvisare, fr. improvviso unprovided, sudden, extempore, L. improvisus; pref. im- not + provisus foreseen, provided. See {Proviso}.] 1. To compose, recite, or sing extemporaneously, especially in verse; to extemporize; also, to play upon an instrument, or to act, extemporaneously. [1913 Webster]

2. To bring about, arrange, do, or make, immediately or on short notice, without previous preparation and with no known precedent as a guide. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Charles attempted to improvise a peace. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

3. To invent, or provide, offhand, or on the spur of the moment; as, he improvised a hammer out of a stone. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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