Definition of “improvisation” - English Dictionary

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“improvisation” in British English

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improvisationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌɪm.prə.vaɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /ɪmˌprɑː.vəˈzeɪ.ʃən/

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 necessary equipment, so a little improvisation might be required.

(Definition of “improvisation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“improvisation” in American English

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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)