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precipitate

verb uk   us   /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.teɪt/

precipitate verb (MAKE HAPPEN)

[T] 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.

precipitate verb (THROW)

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

precipitate verb (CHEMISTRY)

[I or T] specialized chemistry If a liquid precipitates, substances in it become solid and separate from the liquid: Cooling the beaker helps precipitate the compound. If any organic salt is formed, it will precipitate (out) immediately.

precipitate

noun [C or U] uk   /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.tət/  us   /priːˈsɪp.ə.t̬ɪt/ specialized
a solid substance that is produced from a liquid during a chemical process: After filtration, the precipitate was dried at 90°C.

precipitate

adjective 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.
Translations of “precipitate”
in Vietnamese chất kết tủa…
in Spanish precipitado…
in Thai ตะกอน…
in Malaysian mendak…
in French précipité…
in German der Niederschlag…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使發生, 促成, 使突如其來地發生…
in Indonesian endapan…
in Russian вызывать что-либо…
in Turkish oldurmak, yol açmak, hızlandırmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使发生, 促成, 使突如其来地发生…
in Polish powodować, wywoływać…
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