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  1. manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand
    after the hurricane destroyed our house, we had to improvise for weeks
  2. perform without preparation
    he extemporized a speech at the wedding
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How To Use extemporize In A Sentence

  • The large tea-houses contain the possibilities for a number of rooms which can be extemporised at once by sliding paper panels, called fusuma, along grooves in the floor and in the ceiling or cross-beams. Unbeaten Tracks in Japan
  • And Dick jingled away into the house still chanting his extemporized directory. CHAPTER XVI
  • Things turned for Truman when his aides hit on the idea of liberating him from his speech texts: They gave him talking points and let him extemporize. Robert Schlesinger: Memo to Tom Hanks: Barack Obama Is No Harry Truman
  • It was a reminder that for the past 16 years Americans have had two Presidents who would often extemporise and express emotion.
  • The day was marked too, by a grant feast of "stodge," doughboys, and jam, stodge being a delicacy extemporised for the occasion, consisting of "flour boiled with water to the consistency of paste, with some small pieces of raw meat thrown into it"!! Narrative of the Overland Expedition of the Messrs. Jardine from Rockhampton to Cape York, Northern Queensland
  • He has to extemporize because he has forgotten to bring his note.
  • he extemporized a speech at the wedding
  • If there's anything more fun than taking apart a workshop poem, it's to read the blurbs poets are sometimes expected to extemporize, to justify/apologize for/self-deprecatingly praise/preemptively neuter their own poetry. Anis Shivani: America's Most Prominent Emerging Poets Respond to the Obama Administration
  • He began to extend his repertoire: extemporize, enrich, invent. GALILEE
  • She was out of her league, and fed a script she didn't know enough about to extemporize. Election Central Morning Roundup
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