Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To do or perform (something) without prior preparation or practice.
  • intransitive verb To perform an act or utter something in an impromptu manner; improvise.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make or provide for a sudden and unexpected occasion; prepare in haste with the means within one's reach: as, to extemporize a speech or a dinner; to extemporize a couch or a shelter.
  • Specifically To compose without premeditation on a special occasion: as, he extemporized a brilliant accompaniment.
  • To speak extempore; speak without previous study or preparation; discourse without notes or written draft.
  • To sing, or play on an instrument, composing the music as it proceeds; improvise. See improvise.
  • Also spelled extemporise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To speak extempore; especially, to discourse without special preparation; to make an offhand address.
  • transitive verb To do, make, or utter extempore or off-hand; to prepare in great haste, under urgent necessity, or with scanty or unsuitable materials

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To do something, particularly to perform or speak, without prior planning or thought; to act in an impromptu manner; to improvise.
  • verb transitive To do, create, improvise, adapt, or devise in an impromptu or spontaneous manner.

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

  • verb perform without preparation
  • verb manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From extempore.]

Examples

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  • To extemporize a.k.a. to wing it :DDDD

    December 16, 2011