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improvise

  
  ( improvises    3rd person present)   ( improvising    present participle)   ( improvised    past tense & past participle  )
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, improvise...      V  
The vet had improvised a harness...      V n  
...an improvised stone shelter.      V-ed  
  improvisation     ( improvisations    plural)    n-var  
Funds were not abundant and clever improvisation was necessary.     
2       verb   When performers improvise, they invent music or words as they play, sing, or speak.  
I asked her what the piece was and she said, `Oh, I'm just improvising'...      V  
Uncle Richard intoned a chapter from the Bible and improvised a prayer...      V n  
I think that the art of a storyteller is to take the story and improvise on it.      V on n  
  improvisation     ( improvisations    plural)    n-var   oft N on n  
...an improvisation on `Jingle Bells'.     
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improvise

  
1    ad-lib, busk, coin, extemporize, invent, play it by ear     (informal)   speak off the cuff     (informal)   vamp, wing it     (informal)  
2    concoct, contrive, devise, make do, throw together  

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