from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To improvise and deliver extemporaneously.
- intransitive verb To engage in improvisation, as during delivery of a speech.
- noun Words, music, or actions uttered, performed, or carried out extemporaneously.
- adjective Uttered, performed, or carried out spontaneously.
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- verb To
improviseall or part of a speech or other performance, especially in comedy.
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- adjective with little or no preparation or forethought
- adjective said or done without having been planned or written in advance
- verb perform without preparation
- noun remark made spontaneously without prior preparation
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That Ed Miliband: if only he didn't look a nerd; if only he learnt to ad-lib better at PMQs, Labour would be in better nick.
The seer's attention skips here and there and often stumbles into an uncensored ad-lib.
I start each day with an ad-lib full-facial and then I go out nicking cars.
What I'd love is to find out that his line was a complete ad-lib that Robbins didn't know was coming.
"His opening ad-lib quieting thunderous applause - 'It's still just me' - should be an instructional moment in public behavior in our celebrity culture."
Gary, thinking he was free of the confines of the script, did not really understand what “ad-lib some character lines” meant, and in every take he portrayed a different character altogether, including a six-year-old child.
There was always room to ad-lib lines with the court and each other, but we all knew where we were going, and what was supposed to happen on the field.
He tried his trademark joking, sputtering an ad-lib about eating too much barbecue but his head bobbed under the strain, and his thin neck muscles stretched and strained in the light.
When Fred refused to change the script to accommodate me, or even to allow me to rewrite it, the director said that I could ad-lib some lines that were not as sexually debasing as what was on the page in a scene with the actor who was portraying my husband, the amazing Mr. Gary Busey.
Nick Reid, the Mississippi-delta repo-man hero of Rick Gavin's first book, "Ranchero," would never be mistaken for the archetypal PI, but he fulfills assignments with all the ad-lib panache of Robert Parker's Spenser or Raymond Chandler's Marlowe.