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  1. pre·cip·i·tate
  2. verb

    • 1. cause (an event or situation, typically one that is bad or undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely:

      the incident precipitated a political crisis
      Synonym : bring about, bring on, cause, lead to, occasion, give rise to, trigger, spark, touch off, provoke, hasten, accelerate, expedite, speed up, advance, quicken, push forward, further, instigate, induce
    • 2. cause to move suddenly and with force:

      suddenly the ladder broke, precipitating them down into a heap
    • 3. send someone or something suddenly into a particular state or condition:

      they were precipitated into a conflict for which they were quite unprepared
    • 4. cause (a substance) to be deposited in solid form from a solution:

      cell proteins were then precipitated and washed in 10% trichloroacetic acid
    • 5. cause (drops of moisture or particles of dust) to be deposited from the atmosphere or from a vapor or suspension:

      excess moisture is precipitated as rain, fog, mist, or dew

    adjective

    noun

    • 1. a substance precipitated from a solution.

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: precipitate, 3rd person present: precipitates, gerund or present participle: precipitating, past tense: precipitated, past participle: precipitated

    • verb

      cause (an event or situation, typically one that is undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely:

      cause to move suddenly and with force:

    • adjective

      done, made, or acting suddenly or without careful consideration:

      occurring suddenly or abruptly:

    • noun

      a substance precipitated from a solution.
    • verb

      undergo or cause to undergo co-precipitation:
    • verb

      undergo or cause to undergo co-precipitation:
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