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precipitate

verb uk   /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.teɪt/ us  

precipitate verb (MAKE HAPPEN)

[T] formal to make something happen suddenly or sooner than expected: An invasion would certainly precipitate a political crisis. Fear of losing her job precipitated (= suddenly forced) her into action.

precipitate verb (THROW)

[T usually + adv/prep] formal to throw someone or something from a height with great force

precipitate verb (CHEMISTRY)

[I or T] specialized chemistry If a liquid precipitates, substances in it become solid and separate from the liquid: Cooling the beaker helps precipitate the compound. If any organic salt is formed, it will precipitate (out) immediately.

precipitate

noun [C or U] uk   /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.tət/ us    /priːˈsɪp.ə.t̬ɪt/ specialized
a solid substance that is produced from a liquid during a chemical process: After filtration, the precipitate was dried at 90°C.

precipitate

adjective uk   /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.tət/ us    /priːˈsɪp.ə.t̬ɪt/ (also precipitous) formal
If an action is precipitate, it is done sooner or faster than expected and without enough thought or preparation: Don't be precipitate - think it through before you make a decision.
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