Definition of Extemporize

1. Verb. Manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand. "After the hurricane destroyed our house, we had to improvise for weeks"

Exact synonyms: Improvise
Generic synonyms: Contend, Cope, Deal, Get By, Grapple, Make Do, Make Out, Manage
Derivative terms: Improvisation



2. Verb. Perform without preparation. "They will extemporize the duet"; "He extemporized a speech at the wedding"

Definition of Extemporize

1. v. i. To speak extempore; especially, to discourse without special preparation; to make an offhand address.

2. v. t. To do, make, or utter extempore or off-hand; to prepare in great haste, under urgent necessity, or with scanty or unsuitable materials; as, to extemporize a dinner, a costume, etc.

Definition of Extemporize

1. Verb. (intransitive) To do something, particularly to perform or speak, without prior planning or thought; to act in an impromptu manner; to improvise. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To do, create, improvise, adapt, or devise in an impromptu or spontaneous manner. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Extemporize

1. [v -RIZED, -RIZING, -RIZES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Extemporize

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extemporize (current term)
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Literary usage of Extemporize

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1. The Library of Wit and Humor, Prose and Poetry: Selected from the Literature by Rufus Edmonds Shapley (1884)
"We niggers,'' said they, " have formed ft plan By which, whenever we like, we can extemporize islands near the beach And then we'll collar an island each. ..."

2. Stokes' Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians: Covering the Entire Period of by Leander Jan De Bekker (1908)
"extemporize. To play extempore. Extended Harmony. Dispersed HARMONY. Extraneous Modulation. Modulation to an extreme or unrelated key. Extravaganza. ..."

3. Extempore Speech, how to Acquire and Practice it by William Pittenger (1883)
"CHAPTER I. UNFORTUNATES WHO NEVER CAN extemporize. Persons are met every day who declare their belief in extempore speech—for others—but who are fully ..."

4. Address of His Excellency John A. Andrew by John Albion Andrew (1862)
"Let the State be ready to arm two hundred merchantmen and extemporize a navy auxiliary to the national army of the seas, and let the national ensign rise to ..."

5. The Preacher's Lantern (1873)
"that the more one swims, the better one swims; while it may happen that the more you extemporize the worse orator you will be. ..."

6. Memorials of the Reverend Joseph Baugher Bittinger, D.D. by Lucy Forney Bittinger (1891)
"I almost invariably extemporize in the evening; the people prefer it, and I think I begin to feel a preference. I always practised it somewhat from a sense ..."

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