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extemporize

or (especially British) extemporise

[ik-stem-puh-rahyz] /ɪkˈstɛm pəˌraɪz/
verb (used without object), extemporized, extemporizing.
1.
to speak extemporaneously:
He can extemporize on any of a number of subjects.
2.
to sing, or play on an instrument, composing the music as one proceeds; improvise.
3.
to do or manage something in a makeshift way.
verb (used with object), extemporized, extemporizing.
4.
to make or devise extempore.
5.
Music. to compose offhand; improvise.
Origin of extemporize
1635-1645
1635-45; extempore + -ize
Related forms
extemporization, noun
extemporizer, noun
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Examples from the Web for extemporize
Historical Examples
  • My saddle, a hunting one, could not be kept in place, and we had to extemporize a breast-plate with string.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • He could not read or write, but he was wise, And knew right smart how to extemporize.

  • And we had to extemporize such quarters as best we could, while staying at Middletown.

  • They could extemporize board and men, but how to raise the bits of ivory?

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • The class will now find it quite easy to extemporize the whole of a four-bar phrase.

    Music As A Language Ethel Home
  • If you extemporize you can get much closer to your audience.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • She was like an actor who finds himself on the stage with a half-learned part and without sufficient wit to extemporize.

  • And that night, with such instruments as he could extemporize, he operated.

    The Breaking Point Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I used to learn the songs by heart and invent and extemporize tunes for them.

    My Boyhood John Burroughs
  • The small jelly-speck, which we call the amœba, has no organs save what it can extemporize as occasion arises.

    Evolution, Old & New Samuel Butler
British Dictionary definitions for extemporize

extemporize

/ɪkˈstɛmpəˌraɪz/
verb
1.
to perform, speak, or compose (an act, speech, piece of music, etc) without planning or preparation
2.
to use (a temporary solution) for an immediate need; improvise
Derived Forms
extemporization, extemporisation, noun
extemporizer, extemporiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for extemporize
v.

1640s (implied in extemporizing), "to speak ex tempore;" see extempore + -ize. Related: Extemporized.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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