improviso
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improviso(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (without warning; used with "de")
a. unexpectedly (adverb)
La fiesta me pilló de improviso y no tenía nada elegante que ponerme.The party came unexpectedly and I didn't have anything nice to wear.
2.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(without warning; used with "al")
a. unexpectedly (adverb)
Me pidieron que diera un discurso en la boda al improviso y me quedé en blanco.I was asked to give a speech at the wedding unexpectedly and my mind went blank.
3. (used with "en") (Andes)
a. suddenly
Ana se subió a la mesa en un improviso y empezó a bailar.Ana suddenly got on the table and started to dance.
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improviso
adjective
1 (imprevisto) unexpected; unforeseen
2
de improviso unexpectedly; suddenly; [+dicho] off the cuff; [+hecho] on the spur of the moment; coger o pillar de improviso to catch unawares; hablar de improviso to speak off the cuff; tocar de improviso to play impromptu
en un improviso (And) suddenly; without warning
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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de improviso
unexpectedly
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