Etymology
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interpellate (v.)

1590s, "interrupt," from Latin interpellatus, past participle of interpellare "to interrupt by speaking" (see interpellation). Parliamentary sense of "question formally or publically" is from 1874, from French. Related: Interpellated; interpellating.

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Definitions of interpellate

interpellate (v.)
question formally about policy or government business;
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