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verb improvise pronunciation in American English /ˈɪmprəˌvaɪz/
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present tense
present participleimprovising
past tenseimprovised
past participleimprovised
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to do something without preparing it first, often because the situation does not allow you to prepare

    She’d forgotten her carefully written speech, but knew she could easily improvise.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if a performer in a play or a group of musicians improvises, they invent words or musical notes without preparing them or learning them before

      The last two scenes were completely improvised.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to make something from whatever is available, although it is not what you normally use

    We used old shirts to improvise dressings for their wounds.



a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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