Know Your Next Word : extrapolate
14. extrapolate :
1. to project or deduce from some-thing known, to infer
2. to estimate (a function that is known over a range of values of its independent variable) to values outside the known range
George’s estimates were extrapolated from last year’s data. He simply took all the old numbers and doubled them.
Jacob came up with a probable recipe by extrapolating from the taste of the cookies he had eaten at the store.
By extrapolating from a handful of pottery fragments, the archaeologists formed a possible picture of the ancient civilization.
To extrapolate, a scientist uses the facts he has to project to facts outside.
To interpolate, he tries to fill the gaps within his data.
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