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"improvisation" in British English

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improvisationnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˌɪm.prə.vaɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ɪmˌprɑː.vɪˈ-/
a ​performance that an ​actor, ​musician, etc. has not ​practised or ​planned: a ​blues/​jazz improvisation There are ​classes in ​movement, ​dance, and improvisation. the ​act of making or doing something with whatever is ​available at the ​time: I'm ​afraid we don't have all the ​necessaryequipment, so a little improvisation might be ​required.
(Definition of improvisation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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improvisationnoun [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 from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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