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Meaning of IMPROVISE

Pronunciation:  'impru`vIz

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"

IMPROVISE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    2. To bring about, arrange, or make, on a sudden, or without
       previous preparation.
             Charles attempted to improvise a peace. --Motley.
    3. To invent, or provide, offhand, or on the spur of the
       moment; as, he improvised a hammer out of a stone.
  2. \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.
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