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interpellate

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verb in·ter·pel·late \ˌin-tər-ˈpe-ˌlāt, in-ˈtər-pə-ˌlāt\

Definition of interpellate

in·ter·pel·lat·edin·ter·pel·lat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to question (as a foreign minister) formally concerning an official action or policy or personal conduct

in·ter·pel·la·tion play \ˌin-tər-pə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
in·ter·pel·la·tor play \ˌin-tər-ˈpe-ˌlā-tər, in-ˈtər-pə-ˌlā-\ noun


Origin of interpellate

Latin interpellatus, past participle of interpellare to interrupt, from inter- + -pellare (from pellere to drive) — more at felt


First Known Use: 1874


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