interpellate

[ in-ter-pel-eyt, in-tur-puh-leyt ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈpɛl eɪt, ɪnˈtɜr pəˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), in·ter·pel·lat·ed, in·ter·pel·lat·ing.

to call formally upon (a minister or member of a government) in interpellation.

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Origin of interpellate

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin interpellātus, past participle of interpellāre “to interrupt,” equivalent to inter- “between, among, together” + -pellā(re) “to speak” + -tus past participle suffix; see inter-

OTHER WORDS FROM interpellate

in·ter·pel·la·tor [in-ter-puh-ley-ter, in-tur-puh-ley-], /ˈɪn tər pəˌleɪ tər, ɪnˈtɜr pəˌleɪ-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for interpellate

interpellate
/ (ɪnˈtɜːpɛˌleɪt) /

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 interpellāre to disturb, from inter- + pellere to push
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