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AD-LIB (ad-libbed, ad-libbing)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ad-lib mean? 

AD-LIB (noun)
  The noun AD-LIB has 1 sense:

1. remark made spontaneously without prior preparation

  Familiarity information: AD-LIB used as a noun is very rare.


AD-LIB (adjective)
  The adjective AD-LIB has 2 senses:

1. said or done without having been planned or written in advance
2. with little or no preparation or forethought

  Familiarity information: AD-LIB used as an adjective is rare.


AD-LIB (verb)
  The verb AD-LIB has 1 sense:

1. perform without preparation

  Familiarity information: AD-LIB used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


AD-LIB (noun)


Sense 1ad-lib [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remark made spontaneously without prior preparation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

his ad-libs got him in trouble with the politicians

Hypernyms ("ad-lib" is a kind of...):

comment; remark (a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief)


AD-LIB (adjective)


Sense 1ad-lib [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Said or done without having been planned or written in advance

Synonyms:

ad-lib; spontaneous; unwritten

Context example:

he made a few ad-lib remarks

Similar:

unscripted (not furnished with or using a script)


Sense 2ad-lib [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

With little or no preparation or forethought

Synonyms:

unrehearsed; offhanded; offhand; off-the-cuff; impromptu; extempore; extemporary; extemporaneous; ad-lib

Context examples:

his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment / an extemporaneous piano recital / an extemporary lecture / an extempore skit / an impromptu speech / offhand excuses / trying to sound offhanded and reassuring / an off-the-cuff toast / a few unrehearsed comments

Similar:

unprepared (without preparation; not prepared for)


AD-LIB (verb)


Sense 1ad-lib [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Perform without preparation

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

improvize; improvise; extemporise; ad-lib; extemporize

Context example:

he extemporized a speech at the wedding

Hypernyms (to "ad-lib" is one way to...):

do; execute; perform (carry out or perform an action)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They will ad-lib the duet


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