• (RP, America) IPA: /pɹɪˈsɪpɪteɪt/, /pɹəˈsɪpɪteɪt/


  • (RP, America) IPA: /pɹɪˈsɪpɪtət/, /pɹəˈsɪpɪtət/

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  • (RP, America) IPA: /pɹɪˈsɪpɪteɪt/, /pɹəˈsɪpɪteɪt/

precipitate (precipitates, present participle precipitating; past and past participle precipitated)

  1. (transitive) To make something happen suddenly and quickly.
    Synonyms: advance, accelerate, hasten, speed up
    to precipitate a journey, or a conflict
    it precipitated their success
    • Back to his sight precipitates her steps.
    • RQ
      if they be stout and daring, it may precipitate their designs, and prove dangerous
  2. (transitive) To throw an object or person from a great height.
    Synonyms: throw, fling, cast, Thesaurus:throw
    • She and her horse had been precipitated to the pebbled region of the river.
  3. (transitive) To send violently into a certain state or condition.
    we were precipitated into a conflict
  4. (intransitive, chemistry) To come out of a liquid solution into solid form.
    Adding the acid will cause the salt to precipitate.
  5. (transitive, chemistry) To separate a substance out of a liquid solution into solid form.
  6. (intransitive, meteorology) To have water in the air fall to the ground, for example as rain, snow, sleet, or hail; be deposited as condensed droplets.
    troponyms en
    It will precipitate tomorrow, but we don't know whether as rain or snow.
  7. (transitive) To cause (water in the air) to condense or fall to the ground.
    • The light vapour of the preceding evening had been precipitated by the cold.
  8. (intransitive) To fall headlong.
  9. (intransitive) To act too hastily; to be precipitous.
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  • Russian: втянуть
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  1. headlong; falling steeply or vertically.
    Synonyms: headlong, precipitant, precipitous
  2. Very steep; precipitous.
    Synonyms: brant
  3. With a hasty impulse; hurried; headstrong.
    Synonyms: hotheaded, impetuous, rash, Thesaurus:reckless
  4. Moving with excessive speed or haste.
    The king was too precipitate in declaring war.
    a precipitate case of disease
  5. Performed very rapidly or abruptly.
    Synonyms: abrupt, precipitous, subitaneous, Thesaurus:sudden
  • (RP, America) IPA: /pɹɪˈsɪpɪtət/, /pɹəˈsɪpɪtət/
  • (RP, America) IPA: /pɹɪˈsɪpɪteɪt/, /pɹəˈsɪpɪteɪt/

precipitate (plural precipitates)

  1. a product resulting from a process, event, or course of action
  2. (chemistry) a solid that exits the liquid phase of a solution
  • Russian: оса́док
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