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English definition of “improvisation”


noun [C/U]  /ɪmˌprɑv·əˈzeɪ·ʃən, ˌɪm·prə·və-/
music a performance that is not practiced and that is invented by the performers Improvisation is also the activity of making or doing something that you have not planned , using whatever you find .
(Definition of improvisation noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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