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Definition of precipitate
1cause (an event or situation, typically one that is undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely:the incident precipitated a political crisis [with object and adverbial of direction] cause to move suddenly and with force:suddenly the ladder broke, precipitating them down into a heap
(precipitate someone/thing into
) send someone or something suddenly into a particular state or condition:they were precipitated into a conflict for which they were quite unprepared
2 Chemistry cause (a substance) to be deposited in solid form from a solution: cell proteins were then precipitated and washed in 10% trichloroacetic acid cause (drops of moisture or particles of dust) to be deposited from the atmosphere or from a vapour or suspension: excess moisture is precipitated as rain, fog, mist, or dew
done, made, or acting suddenly or without careful consideration:I must apologize for my staff—their actions were precipitate occurring suddenly or abruptly:a precipitate decline in Labour fortunes
a substance precipitated from a solution.