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ad-lib

1. adjective Of or characterized by an impromptu fashion, with little or no preparation beforehand. Jazz improv is always a bit ad-lib by design; you can't plan what you might play!
2. adverb Done in an impromptu or free-hand fashion, with little or no preparation beforehand. His comedy is always so unique; I hear he does the whole thing ad-lib.
3. noun Something, usually performative in nature, that is done with little or no preparation beforehand. His speech this morning felt like it was a bit of an ad-lib. I don't think he prepared any notes ahead of time.
4. verb To say, do, or perform something in an impromptu fashion, with little or no preparation beforehand. I had forgotten to rehearse my lines for the audition, so I just decided to ad-lib the whole way through.
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Other plus points devoutly to be encouraged should include surprise, enthusiasm, fun-and the delightful ability to entertainingly ad-lib reactions to the ongoing culinary adventure to make it an even more 'delish' viewing experience.
Given this encouragement, Murray ad-libs a funny, angst-ridden speech ostensibly so that his self-conscious author of a character can impress some women at a party.
Broderick then proudly ad-libs to the camera, "Never had a lesson.
Yes, Ryzza can be expected to "improve" as she keeps doing her show, but only up to a point, because she doesn't have the natural ability to ad-lib wittily.
All of us had different objectives in our scenes together, so we had no choice but to ad-lib, to achieve a desired objective.