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English definition of “precipitate”

precipitate

verb [T] (MAKE HAPPEN)    /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.teɪt/ 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 .Causing things to happen
(Definition of precipitate verb (MAKE HAPPEN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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