improvise

Part of speech: verb

To compose, sing, play, etc., offhand.

Part of speech: noun

Improvisation.

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Usage examples "improvise":

  1. Without instruction he could improvise on any musical instrument and learn any language with equal facility. - "Edgar Saltus: The Man", Marie Saltus.
  2. As it matters comparatively little what is said to the parrot or the cat, or in one's sleep- because it cannot influence the action- it is possible that a gifted actor, carried away by the situation and the mood of the occasion, may improvise such matters better than they could be written by the author, who cannot figure out in advance how much may be said, and how long the talk may last, without waking the public out of their illusions. - "Plays by August Strindberg, Second series", August Strindberg.
  3. Kennedy had no apparatus to work with out at Goodyear and could not improvise it. - "The Dream Doctor", Arthur B. Reeve.