[ in-tur-puh-leyt ]
/ ɪnˈtɜr pəˌleɪt /
Save This Word!
verb (used with object), in·ter·po·lat·ed, in·ter·po·lat·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·ter·po·lat·ed, in·ter·po·lat·ing.
to make an interpolation.
CAN YOU ANSWER THESE COMMON GRAMMAR DEBATES?
There are grammar debates that never die; and the ones highlighted in the questions in this quiz are sure to rile everyone up once again. Do you know how to answer the questions that cause some of the greatest grammar debates?
Question 1 of 7
Which sentence is correct?
Origin of interpolate
OTHER WORDS FROM interpolate
in·ter·po·la·ble [in-tur-puh-luh-buhl], /ɪnˈtɜr pə lə bəl/, adjectivein·ter·po·lat·er, in·ter·po·la·tor, nounin·ter·po·la·to·ry [in-tur-puh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ɪnˈtɜr pə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, in·ter·po·la·tive, adjectivein·ter·po·la·tive·ly, adverb
non·in·ter·po·lat·ing, adjectivenon·in·ter·po·la·tive, adjectiveun·in·ter·po·lat·ed, adjectiveun·in·ter·po·la·tive, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use interpolate in a sentence
No implausible publication with “interpolated essays on the virtues of sanitary improvement” is beyond his sight.The Best of Brit Lit|Peter Stothard|August 20, 2009|DAILY BEAST
The Iliad is not in any degree—save perhaps in a few interpolated passages—touched by the influences of that late age.Homer and His Age|Andrew Lang
These transitions also serve another purpose, namely, to indicate an interpolated or parenthetical idea.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886|Ministry of Education
We may suppose that the Orphic poems were collected, edited and probably interpolated, in this dark hour of Greece.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1|Andrew Lang
"Jest the lawyer, Newt," interpolated Red Newton ingratiatingly.The Code of the Mountains|Charles Neville Buck
"But we will never miss them," interpolated the Reverend Alexander Munro with solemn emphasis.Corporal Cameron|Ralph Connor
British Dictionary definitions for interpolate
/ (ɪnˈtɜːpəˌleɪt) /
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 interpolateinterpolater or interpolator, nouninterpolative, adjective
Word Origin for interpolate
C17: from Latin interpolāre to give a new appearance to, from inter- + polīre to polish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012