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Related to extemporize: extemporise
v. ex·tem·po·rized, ex·tem·po·riz·ing, ex·tem·po·riz·es
To do or perform (something) without prior preparation or practice: extemporized an acceptance speech.
To perform an act or utter something in an impromptu manner; improvise: "[When] the house lights dimmed, she could no longer read what she had written and was forced to extemporize" (Dale Peterson).
ex·tem′po·ri·za′tion (-pər-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
1. to perform, speak, or compose (an act, speech, piece of music, etc) without planning or preparation
2. to use (a temporary solution) for an immediate need; improvise
exˌtemporiˈzation, exˌtemporiˈsation n
exˈtempoˌrizer, exˈtempoˌriser n
v. -rized, -riz•ing. v.i.
1. to speak extemporaneously.
2. to compose or perform extemporaneously.
3. to do something in a makeshift way.v.t.
4. to speak, perform, or devise extemporaneously.
Past participle: extemporized
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|Verb||1.||extemporize - manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand; "after the hurricane destroyed our house, we had to improvise for weeks"|
|2.||extemporize - perform without preparation; "he extemporized a speech at the wedding"|