[ in-tur-puh-leyt ]
/ 瑟n藞t蓽r p蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路ter路po路lat路ed, in路ter路po路lat路ing.
to introduce (something additional or extraneous) between other things or parts; interject; interpose; intercalate.
Mathematics. to insert, estimate, or find an intermediate term in (a sequence).
to alter (a text) by the insertion of new matter, especially deceptively or without authorization.
to insert (new or spurious matter) in this manner.
verb (used without object), in路ter路po路lat路ed, in路ter路po路lat路ing.
to make an interpolation.
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Origin of interpolate

First recorded in 1605鈥15; from Latin interpol膩tus, past participle of interpol膩re 鈥渢o make new, refurbish, touch up,鈥 equivalent to inter- 鈥渂etween, among, together鈥 + -pol膩- verb stem (akin to pol墨re 鈥渢o polish鈥) + -tus past participle suffix; see inter-, polish

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How to use interpolate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for interpolate

/ (瑟n藞t蓽藧p蓹藢le瑟t) /

to insert or introduce (a comment, passage, etc) into (a conversation, text, etc)
to falsify or alter (a text, manuscript, etc) by the later addition of (material, esp spurious or valueless passages)
(intr) to make additions, interruptions, or insertions
maths to estimate (a value of a function) between the values already known or determinedCompare extrapolate (def. 1)

Derived forms of interpolate

interpolater or interpolator, nouninterpolative, adjective

Word Origin for interpolate

C17: from Latin interpol膩re to give a new appearance to, from inter- + pol墨re to polish
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