- 1precipitate something to make something, especially something bad, happen suddenly or sooner than it should synonym bring on, spark (1) His resignation precipitated a leadership crisis.
- 2precipitate somebody/something into something to suddenly force somebody/something into a particular state or condition The assassination of the president precipitated the country into war. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin praecipitat-
BrE BrE//prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they precipitate
BrE BrE//prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt//he / she / it precipitates
BrE BrE//prɪˈsɪpɪteɪts//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsɪpɪteɪts//past simple precipitated
BrE BrE//prɪˈsɪpɪteɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsɪpɪteɪtɪd//past participle precipitated
BrE BrE//prɪˈsɪpɪteɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsɪpɪteɪtɪd//-ing form precipitating
BrE BrE//prɪˈsɪpɪteɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsɪpɪteɪtɪŋ//