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improviseverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈɪm.prə.vaɪz/  us   /ˈɪm.prə.vaɪz/
to invent or make something, such as a speech or a device, at the time when it is needed without already having planned it: I hadn't prepared a speech so I suddenly had to improvise. We improvised a mattress from a pile of blankets.
When actors or musicians improvise, they perform without prepared speech or music, making up the play, music, etc. as they perform it: During certain scenes of the play there isn't any script and the actors just improvise (the dialogue).
(Definition of improvise from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"improvise" in American English

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improviseverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈɪm·prəˌvɑɪz/
to invent or provide something at the time when it is needed without having already planned it: [T] We improvised a mattress from a pile of blankets.
music To improvise music or speech is to invent it while you are performing it: [I] Hughes encourages young actors to improvise during rehearsals.
(Definition of improvise from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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