verb transitiveWord forms: ˌinterˈpelˌlated or ˌinterˈpelˌlating
to question (a person) formally a form of political challenge to members of the administration in legislative bodies
of certain countries
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Word origin of 'interpellate'
< L interpellatus
, pp. of interpellare
, to interrupt in speaking < inter-
, between + -pellare
, to drive, urge: see felt1