Extrapolate meaning

ĭk-străpə-lāt
To infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information.
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Extrapolate is defined as speculate, estimate or arrive at a conclusion based on known facts or observations.

An example of extrapolate is deciding it will take twenty minutes to get home because it took you twenty minutes to get there.

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(mathematics) To estimate (a value of a variable outside a known range) from values within a known range by assuming that the estimated value follows logically from the known values.
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To arrive at (conclusions or results) by hypothesizing from known facts or observations.
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(statistics) To estimate or infer (a value, quantity, etc. beyond the known range) on the basis of certain variables within the known range, from which the estimated value is assumed to follow.
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(mathematics) To estimate the value of a variable outside a known range from values within that range by assuming that the estimated value follows logically from the known ones.
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To engage in the process of extrapolating.
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To estimate the value of a quantity that falls outside the range in which its values are known.
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To speculate as to consequences on the basis of (known facts or observations)
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Origin of extrapolate

  • extra– (inter)polate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From extra + (inter)polate

    From Wiktionary