Know Your Next Word : extrapolate

14. extrapolate :

verb :

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

usage :

  • 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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