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interpellate

[ in-ter-pel-eyt, in-tur-puh-leyt ]
/ 藢瑟n t蓹r藞p蓻l e瑟t, 瑟n藞t蓽r p蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路ter路pel路lat路ed, in路ter路pel路lat路ing.
to call formally upon (a minister or member of a government) in interpellation.
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Origin of interpellate

First recorded in 1590鈥1600; from Latin interpell膩tus, past participle of interpell膩re 鈥渢o interrupt,鈥 equivalent to inter- 鈥渂etween, among, together鈥 + -pell膩(re) 鈥渢o speak鈥 + -tus past participle suffix; see inter-

OTHER WORDS FROM interpellate

in路ter路pel路la路tor [in-ter-puh-ley-ter, in-tur-puh-ley-], /藞瑟n t蓹r p蓹藢le瑟 t蓹r, 瑟n藞t蓽r p蓹藢le瑟-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for interpellate

interpellate
/ (瑟n藞t蓽藧p蓻藢le瑟t) /

verb
(tr) parliamentary procedure (in European legislatures) to question (a member of the government) on a point of government policy, often interrupting the business of the day

Derived forms of interpellate

interpellation, nouninterpellator, noun

Word Origin for interpellate

C16: from Latin interpell膩re to disturb, from inter- + pellere to push
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