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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.
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)







"precipitate" in British English

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precipitateverb

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.

precipitateadjective

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