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Definition of improvise verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they improvise
    he / she / it improvises
    past simple improvised
    -ing form improvising
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to make or do something using whatever is available, usually because you do not have what you really need There isn't much equipment. We're going to have to improvise. improvise something We improvised some shelves out of a few boards and bricks.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to invent music, the words in a play, a statement, etc. while you are playing or speaking, instead of planning it in advance “It'll be ready some time next week, I imagine,” she said, improvising. improvise on something He improvised on the melody. improvise something I had to improvise an introductory speech.
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noun [uncountable, countable]
adjective an improvised shelter/speech
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