improvise

Meaning(s)

1. come up with an idea or method without planning

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the result of improvisation

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To improvise means to perform (act, speak, play music) without prior planning or rehearsal. "The film was made entirely with scenes improvised by the actors." "If you want to play jazz you will spend a lot of time improvising with other musicians." It can also mean to 'make do' or produce something from what materials or resources are available. "He improvised a puppet from a newspaper." "They improvised a meal with what they found in the kitchen." You will often hear the word 'improvise' when it comes to situations demanding creativity. 

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  1. Sometimes, things don't go the way you planned, and you just have to improvise to make things work.
  2. We forgot to pack proper food for our picnic, but we had chocolate and crisps, so we improvised and had a snack instead!
  3. Some of the most clever inventions were the result of improvisation. They just threw something together to see what would happen.

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  1. I was completely unprepared for the presentation but I did a pretty good job considering I had to improvise.
  2. In the beginning, we didn't have all of the equipment that we have now. We had to improvise quite a lot to get the results we wanted.

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