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A.Word.A.Day--interpellate

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This week's theme: miscellaneous words.

interpellate (in-tuhr-PEL-ayt) verb tr.

To question formally an official, a member of government, etc.

[From Latin interpellatus, past participle of interpellare (to interrupt), from inter- (between) + pellare (to thrust).]

See more usage examples of interpellate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Another sore point for majority congressmen was the fact that several opposition congressmen continued to interpellate Mr. Andaya on the macroeconomic assumptions for as long as four hours straight." Cathy Rose A. Garcia; Quorum Lack Delays Action On; BusinessWorld (Philippines, Manila); Oct 19, 2001.

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