difference between improvise and improve?

contextual difference

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Improvise has a special meaning.

    IMPROVE means 'to make or become better or of higher quality or value; to make or cause something to make progress'.

    Eg. He must improve his communication skills.

    'IMPROVISE' is used in two senses:

    1. To compose, recite or perform (music, verse, etc) without preparing it in advance.

    Thesaurus: extemporize, ad-lib.

    2. To make or provide something quickly, without preparing it in advance and using whatever materials are to hand.'

    Improvising is used to refer to extemporizing, ad lib

    Source: Allwords.com

    Source(s): Online Dictionary
  • asok c
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago


    (1) means to make or do something using whatever we have or without arranging it or planning it in advance. Example - We didn't have anything to sleep on, so we had to improvise a mattress from a pile of blankets.

    (2) Actors or musicians improvise when they play music, speak, or act without set music or words, using their imagination instead. Example - He hadn't prepared a speech so he had to improvise.


    (1) something improves means it gets better. Example - The weather improved later in the day.

    (2) We improve at a skill or in an area of knowledge. Example - She joined the local club to improve her tennis. His knowledge of French improved day by day.

    (3) We improve after an illness or an injury. Example - Her health improved wonderfully.

    (4) Something improves on a previous achievement. Example - Computer technology is already advanced and being improved on daily.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    An example of improvisation is what jazz musicians do when they play solos - they improvise, or make up the music on the spot.

    To improve is to make something better.

    These are pretty simple words; you should work on improving your vocabulary! This is a great website: www.dictionary.com

  • 1 decade ago

    Improvise is to make up as you go along while improve means to get better over time.

    Source(s): My own personal knowledge.
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  • 1 decade ago


    1. To invent, compose, or perform with little or no preparation.

    2. To play or sing (music) extemporaneously, especially by inventing variations on a melody or creating new melodies in accordance with a set progression of chords.

    3. To make or provide from available materials: improvised a dinner from what I found in the refrigerator.


    1. To raise to a more desirable or more excellent quality or condition; make better.

    2. To increase the productivity or value of (land or property).

    3. To put to good use; use profitably.

  • 1 decade ago

    To improve means to make better. To improvise means to rig something up, devise something, or make something up as you go along, without advance preparation. For example, a musician may improvise a tune - that doesn't mean it makes anything better.

  • Lydia
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    To improve something is to do something to make it better: "I will study hard to improve my French language skills."

    To improvise is to make an accommodation to help something work: "If the fan belt on your car breaks and you can't get a new one, you can improvise by using pantihose in an emergency."

  • 1 decade ago

    Improvise means you fashion a short-term solution to a problem;

    Improve means that you modify a method or object increase usefulness.

  • 1 decade ago

    To improve something is to make it better from what it was.

    "The car manufacturer's goal was to improve on safety design for the coming year."

    To improvise is to do the best you can with what you have on hand.

    "I didn't have a screw to fit the pieces together, so I improvised and used a bolt & nut instead."

  • 1 decade ago

    When you Improvise you are using something ELSE to do the job.

    Improve you are making something better.

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