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verb precipitate pronunciation in British English /prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyprecipitate
he/she/itprecipitates
present participleprecipitating
past tenseprecipitated
past participleprecipitated
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] formal to make something happen or begin to exist suddenly and quickly, especially something bad
    Such headaches can be precipitated by certain foods as well as stress.
  2. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] formal to fall or be thrown forwards quickly in a particular direction, or to make someone do this
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  3. 4
    [intransitive] science to rain, snow, hail etc
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