precipitate [ verb pri-sip-i-teyt; adjective, noun pri-sip-i-tit, -teyt ]
verb (used with object), pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing.
1. to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly: to precipitate an international crisis.
2. to cast down headlong; fling or hurl down.
3. to cast, plunge, or send, especially violently or abruptly: He precipitated himself into the struggle.
4. Chemistry. to separate (a substance) in solid form from a solution, as by means of a reagent.
verb (used without object), pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing.
5. Meteorology. to fall to the earth's surface as a condensed form of water; to rain, snow, hail, drizzle, etc.
6. to separate from a solution as a precipitate.
7. to be cast or thrown down headlong.
8. headlong: a precipitate fall down the stairs.
9. rushing headlong or rapidly onward.
10. proceeding rapidly or with great haste: a precipitate retreat.
11. exceedingly sudden or abrupt: a precipitate stop; a precipitate decision.
12. done or made without sufficient deliberation; overhasty; rash: a precipitate marriage.
13. Chemistry. a substance precipitated from a solution.
14. moisture condensed in the form of rain, snow, etc.
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hasten, trigger, accelerate, expedite, advance, fling, launch, further, dispatch, cast, hurl, press, discharge, throw, quicken
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12. reckless, impetuous.
ANTONYMS FOR PRECIPITATE
Origin: 1520–30; (v. and adj.) < Latin praecipitātus (past participle of praecipitāre to cast down headlong), equivalent to praecipit- (stem of praeceps steep; see precipice) + -ātus -ate1; (noun) < New Latin praecipitātum a precipitate, noun use of neuter of praecipitātus
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