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English definition of “precipitate”

precipitate

verb [T]  /prɪˈsɪp·ɪˌteɪt/ fml us  

precipitate verb [T] (MAKE HAPPEN)

to make something happen suddenly or sooner than expected: An invasion would certainly precipitate a war.
precipitate
adjective  /prɪˈsɪp·ə·t̬ɪt/ us  
fml We were alarmed by his precipitate actions.
(Definition of precipitate verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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