- To improvise is defined as to do something on the spur of the moment.
An example of to improvise is someone having to give a speech without any notice.
improvise definition by Webster's New World
- to compose, or simultaneously compose and perform, on the spur of the moment and without any preparation; extemporize
- to bring about, make, or do on the spur of the moment: to improvise a solution to a problem
- to make, provide, or do with the tools and materials at hand, usually to fill an unforeseen and immediate need: to improvise a bed out of leaves
Origin: French improviser ; from Italian improvvisare ; from improvviso, unprepared ; from Classical Latin improvisus, unforeseen ; from in-, not plush provisus, past participle of providere, to foresee, anticipate: see provide
improvise definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb im·pro·vised, im·pro·vis·ing, im·pro·vis·es verb, transitive
- To invent, compose, or perform with little or no preparation.
- To play or sing (music) extemporaneously, especially by inventing variations on a melody or creating new melodies in accordance with a set progression of chords.
- To make or provide from available materials: improvised a dinner from what I found in the refrigerator.
- To invent, compose, or perform something extemporaneously.
- To improvise music.
- To make do with whatever materials are at hand.
Origin: 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.
- imˈpro·visˌer, imˈpro·viˌsor noun