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Definition: to draw knowledge or conclusions about something unknown by using known facts

Synonyms: infer, derive, generalize, project


Tips: Extrapolate is also a mathematical term, meaning "to estimate a value that falls outside the known range or values." Extrapolate is often used in statistical analysis. In business or general discussions, you can use the word extrapolate as a way of saying "anticipate or project" future trends based on current experiences.

Usage Examples:

Surveys and polls extrapolate information from a small sampling of people, to make assumptions about the general population. (derive, draw on)

Unfortunately, we can not extrapolate this anecdotal evidence to predict market trends. (generalize, project)

From the story he just told, we could extrapolate that he was the hero of the day. (infer)

Unfortunately, with only a few people giving us input, we will not be able to accurately extrapolate future trends. (predict, project)

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