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Meaning of “precipitate” in the English Dictionary

"precipitate" in British English

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precipitateverb

uk   us   /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.teɪt/
  • 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.

precipitateadjective

uk   /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.tət/  us   /priːˈsɪp.ə.t̬ɪt/ (also precipitous) formal
(Definition of precipitate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"precipitate" in American English

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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.
precipitate
adjective  us   /prɪˈsɪp·ə·t̬ɪt/
fml We were ​alarmed by his precipitate ​actions.

precipitateverb [I/T]

 /priˈsɪp·ɪˌteɪt/
  • 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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