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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.
Recent Examples of interpolate from the Web
In a memorial interpolated near the end of the show, Sendak is heard in an interview saying, approvingly, that children are barbaric and, disapprovingly, that too many works meant for them ignore the fact.
Gupta embeds those monotonic relationships in sprawling databases called interpolated lookup tables.
This may not be deathless prose, but Google’s AI, which works by interpolating new sentences to link sentences it is provided, seems to have captured something of the genre.
Laine Rettmer supplied straightforward, unsubtle, direction, and interpolated some silent characters, including a nervous new witch, subject to fits, both on the heath and later while serving dinner at the Macbeths’ place.
The new book, like its predecessor, has a format that’s familiar in contemporary nonfiction: exemplary tales interpolated with a little social and cognitive science.
How: Every three minutes, locations of flight routes were transmitted to creator Aaron Koblin, who interpolated those values to create an animation of where every plane was flying.
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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 and Etymology of interpolate
First Known Use: 1612See Words from the same year
Synonymsedge in, fit (in or into), inject, insinuate, intercalate, interject, insert, interpose, intersperse, introduce, sandwich (in or between), work in
Related Wordscut in, inlay, inset, install; interfile, interline, lard, weave; cram, shove, thrust, wedge; add, append, attach
Near Antonymseject, eliminate, exclude, expel, extract, withdraw; deduct, detach, subtract; reject
Synonym Discussion of interpolate
- introduced a new topic into the conversation
- inserted a clause in the contract
- insinuated himself into the group
- interpolated her own comments into the report
- new chapters intercalated with the old
- interpose barriers to communication
- interjected a question
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