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[in-tur-puh-leyt] /ɪnˈtɜr pəˌleɪt/

verb (used with object), interpolated, interpolating.
to introduce (something additional or extraneous) between other things or parts; interject; interpose; intercalate.
Mathematics. to insert, estimate, or find an intermediate term in (a sequence).
to alter (a text) by the insertion of new matter, especially deceptively or without authorization.
to insert (new or spurious matter) in this manner.
verb (used without object), interpolated, interpolating.
to make an .
to insert or introduce (a comment, passage, etc) into (a conversation, text, etc)
to falsify or alter (a text, manuscript, etc) by the later addition of (material, esp spurious or valueless passages)
(intransitive) to make additions, interruptions, or insertions
(maths) to estimate (a value of a function) between the values already known or determined Compare extrapolate (sense 1)

1650s, from Latin interpolator, agent noun from past participle stem of interpolare (see interpolate).

1610s, “to alter or enlarge (a writing) by inserting new material,” from Latin interpolatus, past participle of interpolare “alter, freshen up, polish;” of writing, “falsify,” from inter- “up” (see inter-) + polare, related to polire “to smoothe, polish.” Sense evolved in Latin from “refurbish,” to “alter appearance of,” to “falsify (especially by adding new material).” Middle English had interpolen (early 15c.) in a similar sense. Related: Interpolated; interpolating.


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