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im·pro·vise

improvise

 
pronunciation:
Im pr vaIz
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part of speech: verb
inflections: improvises, improvising, improvised
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
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Improvise comes from improvviso, an Italian word that means "not prepared" or "not known in advance."
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