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Definition of precipitate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they precipitate
    he / she / it precipitates
    past simple precipitated
    -ing form precipitating
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  1. 1precipitate something to make something, especially something bad, happen suddenly or sooner than it should synonym bring somethingon, spark off His resignation precipitated a leadership crisis.
  2. 2precipitate somebody/something into something to suddenly force someone or something into a particular state or condition The assassination of the president precipitated the country into war.
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