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precipitate verb (precipitated, precipitating) 1 to cause something or hasten its advent precipitated a war. 2 to throw or plunge Jim precipitated himself into the controversy. 3 chem, tr & intr to form or cause something to form a suspension of small solid particles in a solution, as a result of certain chemical reactions. 4 meteorol said of moisture, etc: to condense and fall as rain, snow, etc. adj said of actions or decisions: recklessly hasty or ill-considered. noun 1 chem a suspension of small solid particles formed in a solution as a result of certain chemical reactions. 2 meteorol moisture deposited as rain or snow, etc. precipitately adverb.
ETYMOLOGY: 16c: from Latin praecipitare, praecipitatum to fall or throw headlong.
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