Simple Definition of interpolate
: to put (something) between other things or parts; especially : to put (words) into a piece of writing or a conversation
Full Definition of interpolate
1 a : to alter or corrupt (as a text) by inserting new or foreign matter b : to insert (words) into a text or into a conversation
2 : to insert between other things or parts : intercalate
3 : to estimate values of (data or a function) between two known values
: to make insertions (as of estimated values)
Examples of interpolate
He smoothly interpolates fragments from other songs into his own.
He interpolated a very critical comment in the discussion.
Origin of interpolate
Latin interpolatus, past participle of interpolare to refurbish, alter, interpolate, from inter- + -polare (from polire to polish)
First Known Use: 1612
Synonym Discussion of interpolate
Rhymes with interpolate
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