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Pronunciation:  ik'stempu`rIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  perform without preparation; "he extemporized a speech at the wedding"
  2. [v]  manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand; "after the hurricane destroyed our house, we had to improvise for weeks"

EXTEMPORIZE is a 11 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: ad-lib, extemporise, improvise, improvise, improvize
 See Also: contend, cope, deal, do, execute, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage, perform



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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,
          Themistocles . . . was of all men the best able to
          extemporize the right thing to be done.  --Jowett
                                                   (Thucyd. ).
          Pitt, of whom it was said that he could extemporize a
          Queen's speech                           --Lord
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: ad-lib, be caught napping, be surprised, be taken unawares, be unprepared, cook up, dash off, do offhand, fake, go off half-cocked, have no plan, improvisate, improvise, jury-rig, knock off, lash up, make up, play by ear, scrap the plan, strike off, throw off, throw together, toss off, toss out, vamp, whip up, whomp up, wing it