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definition of the word precipitate

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From Late Latin praecipitō (throw down, hurl down)

to precipitate

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to 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; hasten.
  2. (transitive) To throw an object or person from a great height.
  3. (transitive) To send violently into a certain state or condition.
  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.
    It will precipitate tomorrow, but we don't know whether as rain or snow.

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