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improvise

im·pro·vise

improvise

pronunciation:
Im pr vaIz
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part of speech: verb
inflections: improvised, improvises, improvising
definition 1: to make up while one is performing; perform without planning or practice.
The piano player was improvising that beautiful music.
definition 2: to make from whatever materials are around.
We improvised a fort out of chairs and blankets.
similar words:
patch, rig
Word History
Improvise comes from improvviso, an Italian word that means "not prepared" or "not known in advance."
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The word improvise contains the following part:
im-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix im-2 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-2 used before roots beginning with the letter "m," "p," and "b." See in-2.