precipitate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “precipitate” in the English Dictionary

"precipitate" in British English

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uk   us   /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.teɪt/

precipitate verb (MAKE HAPPEN)

[T] formal to make something ​happensuddenly or ​sooner than ​expected: An ​invasion would ​certainly precipitate a ​politicalcrisis. Fear of ​losing her ​job precipitated (= ​suddenlyforced) her intoaction.

precipitate verb (THROW)

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

precipitate verb (CHEMISTRY)

[I or T] specialized chemistry If a ​liquid precipitates, ​substances in it ​becomesolid and ​separate from the ​liquid: Cooling the ​beakerhelps precipitate the ​compound. If any ​organicsalt is ​formed, it will precipitate (out)immediately.

precipitatenoun [C or U]

uk   /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.tət/  us   /priːˈsɪp.ə.t̬ɪt/ specialized
a ​solidsubstance that is ​produced from a ​liquid during a ​chemicalprocess: After ​filtration, the precipitate was ​dried at 90°C.


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.
(Definition of precipitate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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precipitateverb [T]

 us   /prɪˈsɪp·ɪˌteɪt/ fml

precipitate verb [T] (MAKE HAPPEN)

to make something ​happensuddenly or ​sooner than ​expected: An ​invasion would ​certainly precipitate a ​war.
adjective  us   /prɪˈsɪp·ə·t̬ɪt/
fml We were ​alarmed by his precipitate ​actions.

precipitateverb [I/T]


precipitate verb [I/T] (SEPARATE)

chemistry to ​separate, or ​cause a ​substance to ​separate from a ​liquid as a ​solid

precipitatenoun [C]

 /priˈsɪp·ə·t̬ɪt, -əˌteɪt/

precipitate noun [C] (SEPARATE)

chemistry a ​substance that separates from a ​liquid as a ​solid
(Definition of precipitate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “precipitate”
in Spanish precipitado…
in Vietnamese chất kết tủa…
in Malaysian mendak…
in Thai ตะกอน…
in French précipité…
in German der Niederschlag…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使发生, 促成, 使突如其来地发生…
in Turkish oldurmak, yol açmak, hızlandırmak…
in Russian вызывать что-либо…
in Indonesian endapan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使發生, 促成, 使突如其來地發生…
in Polish powodować, wywoływać…
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