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verb (ad libs, ad libbing, ad libbed) [no object]
speak or perform in public without previously preparing one’s words:Charles had to ad lib because he’d forgotten his script [with object]:she ad libbed half the speech
an ad lib remark or speech:he came up with an apt ad lib
adverb & adjective
1spoken or performed without previous preparation:an ad lib commentary [as adverb]:speaking ad lib
2as much and as often as desired: [as adverb]:the price includes meals and drinks ad lib [as adjective]:the pigs are fed on an ad lib system 3 Music (in directions) in an improvised manner with freedom to vary tempo and instrumentation.