improvise

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See also: improvisé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French improviser; ultimately from Latin improvisus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪmpɹəvaɪz/
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Verb[edit]

improvise (third-person singular simple present improvises, present participle improvising, simple past and past participle improvised)

  1. To make something up or invent it as one goes on; to proceed guided only by imagination, intuition, and guesswork rather than by a careful plan.
    He had no speech prepared, so he improvised.
    They improvised a simple shelter with branches and the rope they were carrying.
    She improvised a lovely solo.
    • 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 1, page 173:
      We have improvised the most charming party imaginable. The summer has come back by surprise. I own I wonder that June was not tired of us: still here is a day so sunny, that October does not know its own. The Duke of Wharton, Lord Hervey, and some two or three others, have designed a water-party in our honour.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

improvise

  1. inflection of improviser:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

Galician[edit]

Verb[edit]

improvise

  1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive of improvisar

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

imprōvīse

  1. vocative masculine singular of imprōvīsus

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Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

improvise

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of improvisar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of improvisar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of improvisar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of improvisar

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

improvise

  1. inflection of improvisar:
    1. first-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular present subjunctive
    3. third-person singular imperative