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Definition of the adjective ad lib

What does ad lib mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. Extemporaneous, impromptu.

Definition of the adverb ad lib

What does ad lib mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. without advance preparation

Alternative definition of the adverb ad lib


  1. at pleasure
  2. at will
  3. to whatever extent
  4. See extemporaneously.

Definition of the verb ad lib

What does ad lib mean as a doing phrase?


  1. To perform without script.
  2. To perform without preparation.
  3. To perform extemporaneously.


  1. "Ad Lib" is a musical album of Gerardo Frisina.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  2. "Ad Lib" is a musical album of Tobruk.
    • released in (17 years ago)


"Ad lib" is a book by William Carigan.

  • also known as "Ad lib: flying the B-24 Liberator in World War II"


  1. Ad Lib is a decorative typeface that was designed in 1961 by Freeman Craw for American Type Founders. It was extremely popular from the early- to mid-1960s, and is often used today to evoke that era. The typeface's appearance resembles Helvetica Bold, but with a wacky disposition.
  2. Ad Lib a.k.a. Ad-Lib: "Ad Lib" was a TV program hosted by composer and pianist Phil Moore and produced by Cinema Arts Productions Inc. that aired in 1981. Ad Lib featured noted jazz artists performing for the video camera while recording their musical albums at various recording studios. The series was repeated in 1982 and in 1984.
  3. Ad Lib is a comedy show consisting of ad lib conversations, usually between famous writers and comedians, each with a mutual interest.
  4. Ad lib are terms derived from the Latin ad libitum, meaning "at one's pleasure". Ad lib is the adjective or adverb; ad-lib is the verb or noun form.

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Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Foreign Expressions (1984)

by B. A. Phythian

ad lib ( abbreviation of ad libitum) [Lat.] As much as one pleases. Unprepared remark. Speak without preparation. (In theatre) improvise lines. (In music) as one wishes. Freely.

Google previewThe Cyclopædia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature. By Abraham Rees, ... with the Assistance of Eminent Professional Gentlemen. Illustrated with Numerous Engravings, by the Most Disinguished Artists. In Thirthy-nine Volumes. Vol. 1 [- 39] (1819)

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Google previewThe Cyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature (1819)

by Abraham Rees

ad lib. 1. Centaurea benedićta. Infus. Marrubium Vulgare. Infus. Myrrha.

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

ad lib Shortened from ad libitum, a Latin phrase meaning at your ...

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No one could ad lib like Peter. You would think that it was all scripted, he was so poetic, but it wasn't. (Barbara Walters)
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