Meaning of “precipitate” in the English Dictionary

"precipitate" in British English

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uk /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.teɪt/ us /prɪˈsɪp.ə.teɪt/

precipitatenoun [ C or U ]

uk /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.tət/ us /priːˈsɪp.ə.t̬ət/ specialized

a solid substance that is produced from a liquid during a chemical process:

After filtration, the precipitate was dried at 90°C.


uk /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.tət/ us /priːˈsɪp.ə.t̬ət/ 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 happen suddenly or sooner than expected:

An invasion would certainly precipitate a war.
adjective us /prɪˈsɪp·ə·t̬ɪt/


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)