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ad-lib

verb [I/T]  /ˈædˈlɪb/ (-bb-) us  
to do something without preparation or planning: [I] She had lost her notes, so she ad-libbed for ten minutes.
ad-lib
adjective, adverb  /ˈædˈlɪb/ us  
I did not want to give an ad-lib speech.
Translations of “ad-lib”
in Spanish Improvisado…
in Chinese (Traditional) 即興演講,即席講話…
in Chinese (Simplified) 即兴演讲,即席讲话…
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