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Definition of "precipitate" []

  • To throw from or as if from a great height; hurl downward: "The finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below” ( Thornton Wilder). (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to happen, especially suddenly or prematurely. See Synonyms at speed. (verb-transitive)
  • Meteorology To cause (water vapor) to condense and fall from the air as rain, snow, sleet, or hail. (verb-transitive)
  • Chemistry To cause (a solid substance) to be separated from a solution. (verb-transitive)
  • Meteorology To condense and fall from the air as rain, snow, sleet, or hail. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "precipitate" in a sentence
  • "The word precipitate has appeared in 46 New York Times articles in the past year, including on July 25 in the City Room blog post What Migraine?"
  • "Learn more about the word "precipitate" and see usage examples across a range of subjects on the Vocabulary.com dictionary."
  • "Unlikely to have randomly slaughtered 20,000 citizens, run the economy into the ground, and indulged in precipitate invasions and international terrorist operations."