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v. ad-libbed, ad-lib·bing, ad-libs
To improvise and deliver extemporaneously: ad-lib a comic monologue.
To engage in improvisation, as during delivery of a speech.
Words, music, or actions uttered, performed, or carried out extemporaneously.
Uttered, performed, or carried out spontaneously: heckled the speaker with ad-lib comments.
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vb, -libs, -libbing or -libbed
to improvise and deliver without preparation (a speech, musical performance, etc)
adj (ad lib when predicative)
1. without restraint; freely
2. (Classical Music) music short for ad libitum
an improvised performance, often humorous
[C18: short for Latin ad libitum, literally: according to pleasure]
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ad lib(æd ˈlɪb, ˈæd)
1. something improvised in speech, music, etc.adv.
2. at one's pleasure; without restriction.
3. freely; as needed.
[1810–20; see ad libitum]
v. -libbed, -lib•bing,
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.
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Past participle: ad-libbed
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|Noun||1.||ad-lib - remark made spontaneously without prior preparation; "his ad-libs got him in trouble with the politicians"|
|Verb||1.||ad-lib - perform without preparation; "he extemporized a speech at the wedding"|
|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"
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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.
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
1. vt & vi → improvvisare
2. n → improvvisazione f
3. adj → improvvisato/a, estemporaneo/a
4. adv (speak) → a piacere
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