precipitate - definition and synonyms


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present tense
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. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] chemistry if a solid substance precipitates, or if something precipitates it, it becomes separate from the liquid that it is in and drops to the bottom of the container
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] formal to fall or be thrown forwards quickly in a particular direction, or to make someone do this
  4. 4
    [intransitive] science to rain, snow, hail etc
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