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ad-lib

(ăd′lĭb′)
v. ad-libbed, ad-lib·bing, ad-libs
v.tr.
To improvise and deliver extemporaneously: ad-lib a comic monologue.
v.intr.
To engage in improvisation, as during delivery of a speech.
n. (ăd′lĭb′)
Words, music, or actions uttered, performed, or carried out extemporaneously.
adj.
Uttered, performed, or carried out spontaneously: heckled the speaker with ad-lib comments.

ad-lib′ber n.

ad-lib

(ædˈlɪb)
vb, -libs, -libbing or -libbed
to improvise and deliver without preparation (a speech, musical performance, etc)
adj (ad lib when predicative)
improvised; impromptu
adv
1. without restraint; freely
2. (Classical Music) music short for ad libitum
n
an improvised performance, often humorous
[C18: short for Latin ad libitum, literally: according to pleasure]
ad-ˈlibber n

ad lib

(æd ˈlɪb, ˈæd)
n.
1. something improvised in speech, music, etc.
adv.
2. at one's pleasure; without restriction.
3. freely; as needed.
[1810–20; see ad libitum]

ad-lib

(ædˈlɪb, ˈæd-)

v. -libbed, -lib•bing,
adj. v.t.
1. to improvise all or part of (a speech, a piece of music, etc.).
v.i.
2. to act, speak, etc., without preparation.
adj.
3. impromptu; extemporaneous: ad-lib remarks.
[1915–20, Amer.]
ad-lib′ber, n.

ad lib.

ad libitum.

ad-lib


Past participle: ad-libbed
Gerund: ad-libbing

Imperative
ad-lib
ad-lib
Present
I ad-lib
you ad-lib
he/she/it ad-libs
we ad-lib
you ad-lib
they ad-lib
Preterite
I ad-libbed
you ad-libbed
he/she/it ad-libbed
we ad-libbed
you ad-libbed
they ad-libbed
Present Continuous
I am ad-libbing
you are ad-libbing
he/she/it is ad-libbing
we are ad-libbing
you are ad-libbing
they are ad-libbing
Present Perfect
I have ad-libbed
you have ad-libbed
he/she/it has ad-libbed
we have ad-libbed
you have ad-libbed
they have ad-libbed
Past Continuous
I was ad-libbing
you were ad-libbing
he/she/it was ad-libbing
we were ad-libbing
you were ad-libbing
they were ad-libbing
Past Perfect
I had ad-libbed
you had ad-libbed
he/she/it had ad-libbed
we had ad-libbed
you had ad-libbed
they had ad-libbed
Future
I will ad-lib
you will ad-lib
he/she/it will ad-lib
we will ad-lib
you will ad-lib
they will ad-lib
Future Perfect
I will have ad-libbed
you will have ad-libbed
he/she/it will have ad-libbed
we will have ad-libbed
you will have ad-libbed
they will have ad-libbed
Future Continuous
I will be ad-libbing
you will be ad-libbing
he/she/it will be ad-libbing
we will be ad-libbing
you will be ad-libbing
they will be ad-libbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ad-libbing
you have been ad-libbing
he/she/it has been ad-libbing
we have been ad-libbing
you have been ad-libbing
they have been ad-libbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ad-libbing
you will have been ad-libbing
he/she/it will have been ad-libbing
we will have been ad-libbing
you will have been ad-libbing
they will have been ad-libbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ad-libbing
you had been ad-libbing
he/she/it had been ad-libbing
we had been ad-libbing
you had been ad-libbing
they had been ad-libbing
Conditional
I would ad-lib
you would ad-lib
he/she/it would ad-lib
we would ad-lib
you would ad-lib
they would ad-lib
Past Conditional
I would have ad-libbed
you would have ad-libbed
he/she/it would have ad-libbed
we would have ad-libbed
you would have ad-libbed
they would have ad-libbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ad-lib - remark made spontaneously without prior preparation; "his ad-libs got him in trouble with the politicians"
comment, remark, input - a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information; "from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account"
Verb1.ad-lib - perform without preparation; "he extemporized a speech at the wedding"
perform, do, execute - carry out or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance"
Adj.1.ad-lib - with little or no preparation or forethought; "his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment"; "an extemporaneous piano recital"; "an extemporary lecture"; "an extempore skit"; "an impromptu speech"; "offhand excuses"; "trying to sound offhanded and reassuring"; "an off-the-cuff toast"; "a few unrehearsed comments"
unprepared - without preparation; not prepared for; "unprepared remarks"; "the shock was unprepared"; "our treaty makers approached their immensely difficult problems unprepared"- R.E.Danielson
2.ad-lib - said or done without having been planned or written in advance; "he made a few ad-lib remarks"
unscripted - not furnished with or using a script; "unrehearsed and unscript spot interviews"; "unscripted talk shows"

ad-lib

verb
1. improvise, speak off the cuff, vamp, busk, wing it (informal), extemporize, speak extemporaneously, speak impromptu He is rather disjointed when he ad-libs.
adjective
1. improvised, made up, impromptu, unprepared, off-the-cuff (informal), unrehearsed, extempore, off the top of your head, extemporaneous, extemporized Sometimes, being in an ad-lib situation is the best way.
noun improvisation, makeshift, impromptu comment, expedient Every time he got me out of trouble with a brilliant ad-lib.
adverb off the cuff, spontaneously, impromptu, extempore, off the top of your head (informal), without preparation, extemporaneously, without rehearsal I spoke from the pulpit ad-lib.

ad-lib

verb
To compose or recite without preparation:
Idiom: wing it.
noun
Something improvised:
adjective
Spoken, performed, or composed with little or no preparation or forethought:
Informal: off-the-cuff.
Translations

ad-lib

1
adj attr, ad lib2 adj predimprovisiert

ad-lib

2

ad-lib

[ædˈlɪb]
1. vt & viimprovvisare
2. nimprovvisazione f
3. adjimprovvisato/a, estemporaneo/a
4. adv (speak) → a piacere
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