improvise
verb (-vised; -vising) Etymology: French improviser, from Italian improvvisare, from improvviso sudden, from Latin improvisus, literally, unforeseen, from in- + provisus, past participle of providēre to see ahead — more at provide Date: 1826 transitive verb 1. to compose, recite, play, or sing extemporaneously 2. to make, invent, or arrange offhand 3. to make or fabricate out of what is conveniently on hand <
improvise a meal
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intransitive verb to improvise something • improviser or improvisor noun

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  • improvise — [im′prə vīz΄] vt., vi. improvised, improvising [Fr improviser < It improvvisare < improvviso, unprepared < L improvisus, unforeseen < in , not + provisus, pp. of providere, to foresee, anticipate: see PROVIDE] 1. to compose, or… …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Improvise — Im pro*vise , v. i. To produce or render extemporaneous compositions, especially in verse or in music, without previous preparation; hence, to do anything offhand. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • improvise — index compose, conjure, contrive, create, devise (invent), invent (produce for the first time), make, originate …   Law dictionary

  • improvisé — improvisé, ée (in pro vi zé, zée) part. passé d improviser. Chanson improvisée. Fête improvisée …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • improvise — (v.) 1826, back formation from improvisation, or else from Fr. improviser (17c.), from It. improvisare to sing or speak extempore, from improviso, from L. improvisus unforeseen, unexpected (see IMPROVISATION (Cf. improvisation)). Or possibly a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • improvise — is spelt ise, not ize …   Modern English usage

  • improvise — [v] make up ad lib, brainstorm, coin, concoct, contrive, dash off*, devise, do offhand, do off top of head*, dream up, extemporize, fake, fake it, improv*, improvisate, invent, jam*, knock off*, make do*, slapdash*, spark, speak off the cuff*,… …   New thesaurus

  • improvise — ► VERB 1) create and perform (music, drama, or verse) spontaneously or without preparation. 2) make from whatever is available. DERIVATIVES improvisation noun improvisational adjective improvisatory adjective improviser noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • improvise — [[t]ɪ̱mprəvaɪz[/t]] improvises, improvising, improvised 1) VERB If you improvise, you make or do something using whatever you have or without having planned it in advance. You need a wok with a steaming rack for this; if you don t have one,… …   English dictionary

  • improvise — UK [ˈɪmprəvaɪz] / US [ˈɪmprəˌvaɪz] verb Word forms improvise : present tense I/you/we/they improvise he/she/it improvises present participle improvising past tense improvised past participle improvised 1) a) [intransitive] to do something without …   English dictionary

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