What does "extrapolate" mean?

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"Extrapolate" means to conjecture or infer something unknown from information that is known. In regards to statistics, mathematics and science, "extrapolate" refers to estimating value, function or quantity outside of the known range of information or values.

"Extrapolate" is a verb, and "extrapolated" is another verb form of the word. Noun forms of the word include "extrapolation," "extrapolator" and "overextrapolation." Adjective forms of the word include "extrapolative" and "extrapolatory." The word "extrapolate" is sometimes confused with deduction, and extrapolation is confused with induction, hypothesis and generalization. The origin of the word dates back to between 1832 and 1835 from the roots "extra" and "interpolate."

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ex·trap·o·late
[ik-strap-uh-leyt]
VERB (USED WITH OBJECT) [EX·TRAP·O·LAT·ED, EX·TRAP·O·LAT·ING.]
1.
to infer (an unknown) from something that is known; conjecture.
2.
Statistics. to estimate (the value of a variable) outside the tabulated or observed range.
3.
Mathematics to estimate (a function that is known over a range of values of its independent variable) to values outside the known range.
VERB (USED WITHOUT OBJECT) [EX·TRAP·O·LAT·ED, EX·TRAP·O·LAT·ING.]
4.
to perform extrapolation.
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