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a. A style of music, native to America, characterized by a strong but flexible rhythmic understructure with solo and ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns and, more recently, a highly sophisticated harmonic idiom.
b. Big band dance music.
a. Animation; enthusiasm.
c. Miscellaneous, unspecified things: brought the food and all the jazz to go with it.
v. jazzed, jazz·ing, jazz·es
1. Music To play in a jazz style.
a. To utter exaggerations or lies to: Don't jazz me.
b. To give great pleasure to; excite: The surprise party jazzed the guest of honor.
c. To cause to accelerate.
v.intr. SlangPhrasal Verb:
To exaggerate or lie.
jazz up Slang
To make more interesting; enliven: jazzed up the living area with beaded curtains.
[Originally, vim, vigor, pep, copulation, semen, perhaps shortening of earlier jasm, vim, vigor and akin to jism.]
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vb (tr, adverb)
1. (Jazz) to imbue (a piece of music) with jazz qualities, esp by improvisation or a quicker tempo
2. to make more lively, gaudy, or appealing
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|Verb||1.||jazz up - make more interesting or lively; "juice up a party"; "pep up your paper"|
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verb enliven, enhance, perk up, brighten up, improve, excite, inspire, cheer, wake up, heighten, animate, hearten, cheer up, buoy up, pep up, invigorate, gladden, inspirit She had made an effort at jazzing up the chilly modern interiors.
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