Ad-lib meaning

ăd lĭb
Ad lib is defined as making something up as you go along.

An example of ad lib is coming up with a lie on the spot to avoid getting into trouble.

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Words, music, or actions uttered, performed, or carried out extemporaneously.
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The definition of ad lib refers to something that is made up as one goes along, or that is unscripted.

An example of an ad lib is an improv performance where the actors take audience suggestions and create a play as they go along.

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In an unrestrained manner; spontaneously.
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To improvise and deliver extemporaneously.

Ad-lib a comic monologue.

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To engage in improvisation, as during delivery of a speech.
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Uttered, performed, or carried out spontaneously.

Heckled the speaker with ad-lib comments.

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To improvise (words, gestures, etc. not in a prepared speech, script, etc.); extemporize.
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The act of ad-libbing or an ad-libbed remark.
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Spoken or done extemporaneously.
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Extemporaneously.
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Ad libitum.
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As needed.
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An earlier sound card from Ad Lib, Inc., Quebec City, that, for a while, was the de facto standard for synthesized background music for computer games. It was a precursor to the MIDI standard.
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Alternative spelling of ad-lib.
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Alternative spelling of ad-lib.
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At will.
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To whatever extent.
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To perform without preparation.
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To perform extemporaneously.

She ad libbed the rest of the scene.

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To improvise all or part of a speech or other performance, especially in comedy.
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To perform without script.
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Origin of ad-lib

  • Short for ad libitum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • abbreviation of ad libitum, from New Latin ad libitum.

    From Wiktionary

  • From ad lib.

    From Wiktionary