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We can extrapolate future population growth based on past trends in population growth.
  uses known values to estimate a value beyond the known value range
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extrapolated extrapolating extrapolation extrapolate extrapolates extrapolative extrapolator
Strongly Associated with:   interpolate, interpolate
Notes:
In math, interpolate is contrasted to extrapolate.  Interpolation estimates the values that lie between two known values.
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  • We can extrapolate future population growth based on past trends in population growth.
  • If a straight line passes through 2, 4, and 6, we can extrapolate that it passes through 8.
  • Based on the initial study, she extrapolated that a million people would benefit from the drug.
  • Based on the first week, he extrapolated that there would be 500 customers the first month.

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  • And we can only extrapolate how many others there are out there like Gunner.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Let me extrapolate an example here.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Details are 94 per cent accurate, 6 per cent unavoidable extrapolation.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The names scratched into the posts no longer match the occupants, but I can extrapolate who’s who.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Billy was extrapolating.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • All the while his mind was adding sense impressions, extrapolating, computing.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune

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  • But now I see, I see! The will of the gods! The rhythm is re-established! Merely rational thought—forgive me for preaching, but I must, I must!—merely rational thought leaves the mind incurably crippled in a closed and ossified system, it can only extrapolate from the past.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • And how many of them are we talking about… if you extrapolate?
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • In cases like these, the witness has seen something, but the mind extrapolates the vision into something else entirely.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • "I think it’s an extrapolation of giving consent for one’s children under eighteen, but it seems a little odd."
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • I was no longer extrapolating; I was looping it through the core, freely talking about my life, suddenly breaching the confidences of my father and my mother and my wife.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • From your voice, your breathing, your heartbeat, and the fact that you are alone in a bundling room with a mature male I extrapolate that you are female human, sixtyfive-plus kilos in mass, and of mature years, on the close order of thirty.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Extrapolating from these figures, they made educated guesses of when they’d reach the islands.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Extrapolate from the known facts like you would if this were one of your experiments.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The answer of seven years from now I reached by assuming the present situation, no change in Authority policy, and all major variables extrapolated from the empiricals implicit in their past behavior—a conservative answer of highest probability from available data.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
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Associated words [difficulty]:   extrapolate [7] , interpolate [9] , interpolate [9] , mode [1] , median [4] , regression analysis [7] , logarithmic scale [8] , interpolate [9] , interpolate [9] , mean [9]
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