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Topic: CHEMISTRY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of praecipitare, from praeceps; PRECIPICE

precipitate

1 verb
     
pre‧cip‧i‧tate1
1 [transitive] formal to make something serious happen suddenly or more quickly than was expected [= hasten]:
The riot was precipitated when four black men were arrested.
2 [intransitive,transitive + out] technicalHC to separate a solid substance from a liquid by chemical action, or to be separated in this way

precipitate somebody into something

phrasal verb
to force someone or something into a particular state or condition:
The drug treatment precipitated him into a depression.
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