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 in a sentence
He smoothly interpolates fragments from other songs into his own.
He interpolated a very critical comment in the discussion.
Did You Know?
Interpolate comes from Latin interpolare, a verb with various meanings, among them "to refurbish," "to alter," and "to falsify." Interpolate entered English in the 17th century and was applied early on to the alteration (and in many cases corruption) of texts by insertion of additional material. Modern use of interpolate still sometimes suggests the insertion of something extraneous or spurious, as in "she interpolated her own comments into the report."
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
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