Definitions

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  • adjective created by improvisation; impromptu; unrehearsed.
  • verb Simple past and past participle of improvise.

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  • adjective done or made using whatever is available

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Examples

  • Ordered by Sennett to come up with a more workable screen image, Chaplin improvised an outfit consisting of a too-small coat, too-large pants, floppy shoes, and a battered derby.

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  • Despite donations and the promise of book and movie deals, most of the 33 Chilean miners trapped more than two months have returned to lives of struggle in improvised homes, often in gang-ridden neighborhoods lacking basic services.

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  • Despite donations and the promise of book and movie deals, most of the 33 Chilean miners trapped more than two months have returned to lives of struggle in improvised homes, often in gang-ridden neighborhoods lacking basic services.

    Chile Miners Return For Mass Near Rescue Site

  • Despite donations and the promise of book and movie deals, most of the 33 Chilean miners trapped more than two months have returned to lives of struggle in improvised homes, often in gang-ridden neighborhoods lacking basic services.

    Chile Miners Return For Mass Near Rescue Site

  • Gotta have a course in improvised weapons: When the Secret Service hold the only nearby guns and you just HAVE to take off your philandering Old Man's head, how to hurl the nearest lamp with devastating accuracy ...

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  • By then Saddam and eleven others had been "arraigned" on television in improvised proceedings of dubious meaning, which backfired politically when Saddam visibly summoned his powers of command and began to dominate the show.

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  • You decide: Five U.S. soldiers were killed and another 5 wounded Saturday in improvised bomb attacks, the U.S. military announced.

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  • By then Saddam and eleven others had been "arraigned" on television in improvised proceedings of dubious meaning, which backfired politically when Saddam visibly summoned his powers of command and began to dominate the show.

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  • It was only in short, improvised moments, because the rest of the time was spent with one friend playing video games, another, assumably, making out with his girlfriend, and I just fooling around on his drumset and listening to Radiohead on his great new sound system.

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  • QUESTION: Is there any significance to your use of the word improvised device.

    CNN Transcript - Breaking News: FBI Director Louis Freeh Holds News Briefing on USS Cole Investigation in Aden, Yemen - October 19, 2000

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