precipitate

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From Latin praecipitatus, from Latin praecipitō (throw down, hurl down, throw headlong), from praeceps (head foremost, headlong), from prae (before) + caput (head).

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precipitate (third-person singular simple present precipitates, present participle precipitating, simple 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
    • (Can we date this quote by Glover and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Back to his sight precipitates her steps.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      If they be 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; see also Thesaurus:throw
    • (Can we date this quote by Washington Irving and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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: rain, snow, hail
    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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Washington Irving and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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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precipitate (comparative more precipitate, superlative most precipitate)

  1. headlong; falling steeply or vertically.
    • 1718, Prior, Matthew, Solomon, book 2, lines 853–854:
      When the full stores their ancient bounds disdain, / Precipitate the furious torrent flows.
  2. Very steep; precipitous.
  3. With a hasty impulse; hurried; headstrong.
  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.

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From New Latin praecipitatum. Doublet of precipitato.

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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
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precipitate f pl

  1. Feminine plural of adjective precipitato.

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precipitate

  1. second-person plural present of precipitare
  2. second-person plural imperative of precipitare

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precipitate f pl

  1. feminine plural past participle of precipitare