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'.
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
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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