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precipitateverb

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