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  • verb intransitive To do something, particularly to perform or speak, without prior planning or thought; to act in an impromptu manner; to improvise.
  • verb intransitive To do something in a makeshift way.
  • verb transitive To make or create extempore.
  • verb transitive (music) To compose extemporaneously or improvise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb perform without preparation


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  • Žižek, though, regards the idea of a central thesis in much the same way that the great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane regarded a melody – as something to riff off, extemporise on, and return to only when all associated sub-themes have been exhausted.

    Slavoj Žižek: interview

  • As so often in our institutional history, the right answer was to extemporise judiciously.

    Britain at its best

  • As so often in our institutional history, the right answer was to extemporise judiciously.

    Gordon Brown, Charlie Whelan and Me

  • Now when I heard this, O Commander of the Faithful, great concern get hold of me and I was beyond measure troubled, and behold, I heard a Voice from behind me extemporise these couplets,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • In a word, Themistocles, by natural power of mind and with the least preparation, was of all men the best able to extemporise the right thing to be done.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • I am sure you will have a personal acqaintance who will give you the bare bones of the joke, and you can extemporise from there.

    Begging for Jokes...

  • Was she an helpmeet for a black-letter man, who talked with the Fathers in his daily walks, could extemporise Latin hexameters, and dream in Greek.

    Wylder's Hand

  • Hornblower forced himself to extemporise some casual sentence which may or may not have been relevant.

    Hornblower In The West Indies

  • In the early hours of the morning the young officer awoke, and running through his head was a melody which, in his semi-drunken state the evening before, he had been attempting to extemporise.

    A Soldier's Sketches Under Fire

  • She could repeat prayers and extemporise them as of old, but there was no more satisfaction in the effort than in asking a favour of an empty room.

    The Beth Book Being a Study of the Life of Elizabeth Caldwell Maclure, a Woman of Genius


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