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im·pro·vise

 (ĭm′prə-vīz′)
v. im·pro·vised, im·pro·vis·ing, im·pro·vis·es
v.tr.
1. To make, compose, or perform with little or no preparation: improvise a solution to the problem; improvise variations on a melody.
2. To make or provide from available materials: improvised a dinner from what I found in the refrigerator.
v.intr.
1. To make, compose, or perform something extemporaneously.
2. To make do with whatever materials are at hand: There isn't much in the cabin. We'll just have to improvise.

[French improviser, from Italian improvvisare, from improvviso, unforeseen, from Latin imprōvīsus : in-, not; see in-1 + prōvīsus, past participle of prōvidēre, to foresee; see provide.]

im′pro·vis′er, im′pro·vi′sor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.improvised - done or made using whatever is available; "crossed the river on improvised bridges"; "the survivors used jury-rigged fishing gear"; "the rock served as a makeshift hammer"
impermanent, temporary - not permanent; not lasting; "politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber; "impermanent palm cottages"; "a temperary arrangement"; "temporary housing"

improvised

adjective unprepared, spontaneous, makeshift, spur-of-the-moment, off-the-cuff (informal), ad-lib, unrehearsed, extempore, extemporaneous, extemporized He grabbed a script and began an improvised performance.

improvised

adjective
Spoken, performed, or composed with little or no preparation or forethought:
Informal: off-the-cuff.
Translations

improvised

a. improvisado-a.
References in classic literature ?
Neither doth water suit weary and withered ones: WE deserve wine--IT alone giveth immediate vigour and improvised health
The count wished to go home, but Helene entreated him not to spoil her improvised ball, and the Rostovs stayed on.
The backs of the seats were thrown back, bedsteads carefully packed were rolled out by an ingenious system, berths were suddenly improvised, and each traveller had soon at his disposition a comfortable bed, protected from curious eyes by thick curtains.
Here the poet improvised, whilst Ming Huang himself wrote down the verses that he afterwards set to music, and accompanied while the poet sang.
When she tired of walking they were forced to carry her upon an improvised litter, nor did one dare to question her authority or her right to such services.
Damon and Professor Bumper assembled in the tent of the scientist, where a dry battery lamp gave sufficient illumination to show a number of maps and papers scattered over an improvised table.
It appears," said Cromwell, "that this improvised executioner did his duty remarkably well.
Poyser," said Captain Donnithorne, when he had sufficiently admired the dairy and given several improvised opinions on Swede turnips and shorthorns.
After this examination they turned their eyes towards their leader, who had long been acquainted with the art of speaking to men of that class, and who improvised the following little speech, pronounced with an energy truly Gascon:
Athos was a great seigneur compared with such nobles as the king improvised by touching with his artificial scepter the parched-up trunks of the heraldic trees of the province.
Sitting upon a rough couch apart from the others, he leaned on his elbow with inclined head; and near him a youth improvised in a high tone a song that celebrated his valour and wisdom.
The ape shouted to him to come away, but the lad only flourished his spear and executed an improvised war dance to show his contempt for the king of beasts.