- 1precipitate something to make something, especially something bad, happen suddenly or sooner than it should synonym bring on, spark off His resignation precipitated a leadership crisis.
- 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.
NAmE//prɪˈsɪpəˌteɪt//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they precipitate
he / she / it precipitates
past simple precipitated
-ing form precipitating