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interpellate

in·ter·pel·late

interpellate

 
pronunciation:
In tr pe leIt [or] ihn tuhr p leIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: interpellated, interpellates, interpellating
definition: to subject (a government official) to formal questioning, as before a legislative body.
derivations: interpellant (n.), interpellator (n.)
Word Parts
The word interpellate contains the following parts:
pel, puls Latin root that means drive, push
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).