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Synonyms for ad libæd ˈlɪb, ˈæd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ad-lib(adj)

    remark made spontaneously without prior preparation

    "his ad-libs got him in trouble with the politicians"

    scripted, written, prepared

  2. ad-lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, impromptu, offhand, offhanded, off-the-cuff, unrehearsed(adj)

    with little or no preparation or forethought

    "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"

    unwritten, unrehearsed, ad-lib, off-the-cuff, extemporaneous, extempore, offhand, spontaneous, extemporary, impromptu, offhanded

    prepared, scripted, written

  3. ad-lib, spontaneous, unwritten(verb)

    said or done without having been planned or written in advance

    "he made a few ad-lib remarks"

    unwritten, unrehearsed, ad-lib, oral, off-the-cuff, extemporaneous, extempore, self-generated, offhand, spontaneous, extemporary, impromptu, offhanded

    written, prepared, scripted

  4. improvise, improvize, ad-lib, extemporize, extemporise(adverb)

    perform without preparation

    "he extemporized a speech at the wedding"

    ad-lib, improvize, extemporise, improvise, extemporize

    written, scripted, prepared

  5. ad lib, ad libitum, spontaneously, impromptu(adverb)

    without advance preparation

    "he spoke ad lib"

    ad libitum, spontaneously, impromptu, ad lib

    scripted, prepared, written


  1. ad lib(verb)

    a piacere

  2. ad lib(verb)

    Extemporaneous, impromptu.

    a piacere

  3. ad lib(verb)

    At will.

    a piacere

  4. ad lib(adverb)

    To whatever extent.

    a piacere

  5. ad lib(adverb)


    a piacere

Translations for ad lib

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • improvisieren, beliebig, Herzenslust, nach, improvisiert, unvorbereitetGerman
  • improvisadoSpanish
  • tetszés szerintHungarian
  • à vontade, improvisar, improvisadoPortuguese
  • как угодно, экспромт, сколько угодноRussian
  • พูดกลอนสดThai
  • lib quảng cáoVietnamese

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