Word of the Day – Extrapolate

By June 8, 2019 Word of the Day

Extrapolate (verb)

ex-trap-o-layt

Extend the application of (a method or conclusion) to an unknown situation by assuming that existing trends will continue or similar methods will be applicable.

Estimate or conclude (something) by extrapolating.

Late 19th century: from extra- ‘outside’ + a shortened form of interpolate.

Example sentences

“We extrapolated the results from past experiments.”

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