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ad-lib

ad-lib

 
pronunciation:
aed lIb
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ad-libbed, ad-libbing, ad-libs
definition: to make up or do without preparation; improvise (something spoken, sung, or played).
He'd forgotten his lines and was forced to ad-lib them.Much of her comedy routine is ad-libbed.
synonyms:
extemporize, improvise
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make up or do something, usu. spoken, sung, or played, without preparation; extemporize.
Having no time to prepare for his speech, he was forced to ad-lib.Some directors encourage their actors to ad-lib, feeling this gives greater realism and freshness to the dialogue.
synonyms:
extemporize, improvise, wing it
similar words:
play it by ear
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part of speech: adjective
definition: made up or delivered without preparation; unrehearsed.
an ad-lib remark
synonyms:
ad libitum, extemporaneous, impromptu, improvised, off the cuff
similar words:
free, impulsive, made-up, makeshift, offhand, spontaneous, unrehearsed