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extrapolate

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verb ex·trap·o·late \ik-ˈstra-pə-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of extrapolate

  • : to form an opinion or to make an estimate about something from known facts

Full Definition of extrapolate

ex·trap·o·lat·edex·trap·o·lat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to infer (values of a variable in an unobserved interval) from values within an already observed interval

  3. 2 a :  to project, extend, or expand (known data or experience) into an area not known or experienced so as to arrive at a usually conjectural knowledge of the unknown area <extrapolates present trends to construct an image of the future> b :  to predict by projecting past experience or known data <extrapolate public sentiment on one issue from known public reaction on others>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to perform the act or process of extrapolating

ex·trap·o·la·tion play \-ˌstra-pə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
ex·trap·o·la·tive play \-ˈstra-pə-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective
ex·trap·o·la·tor play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of extrapolate

  1. We can extrapolate the number of new students entering next year by looking at how many entered in previous years.

  2. With such a small study it is impossible to extrapolate accurately.



Origin of extrapolate

Latin extra outside + English -polate (as in interpolate) — more at extra-


First Known Use: 1874

Rhymes with extrapolate

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