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precipitate

Translation of precipitate in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

/prɪˈsɪpəteɪt; prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt/
  • 1 (bring about, hasten) [formal] [crisis/event/incident] precipitar the events which precipitated his downfall los acontecimientos que precipitaron su caída
  • 2 (hurl) [formal] precipitar, despeñarto precipitate sth into sth the events which precipitated Europe into war los hechos que precipitaron el estallido de la guerra en Europa I was precipitated into making a decision me empujaron a tomar una decisión precipitada
    Example sentences
    • He said: ‘It appears that the death was precipitated by these stressful events which caused him to collapse.’
    • Will our relationship pass the test or will the new situation precipitate a change for the worse?
    • Loss of public confidence underlay the financial and political crisis which precipitated the downfall of a system of government too little changed in its habits and priorities since the days of Louis XIV.
    Example sentences
    • The aging, untended planks, however, crumbled under their surging weight and broke away with a palpable snap, precipitating the struggling pair like so many sacks of sand to the lower level.
    • A light step was heard crossing the floor, as if from the bed to the window; and almost at the same instant the door gave way, and, yielding to the pressure of the external applicants, nearly precipitated them into the room.
    Example sentences
    • Garbed as they were, admission was refused, which, it is said, precipitated them into forming a founding nucleus to take in other rural dwellers who had suffered similar indignities.
    • Shipwrecks are a constant in this tale, being the main means of precipitating Pericles into his various adventures, like an especially unlucky Odysseus.
    • The criminal would mount the scaffold and stand upon this trapdoor, which would then open, precipitating the person into a fall of some feet.
  • 3 3.1 [Chemistry/Química] precipitar 3.2 [Meteorol] condensar
    Example sentences
    • They discovered that sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere allows clouds to precipitate rain in smaller particles.
    • Oxides of sulfur and nitrogen react with water vapor in the atmosphere and then are precipitated out as acid rain.
    • When that vapour is precipitated as rain it carries the acidity with it.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 [Chemistry/Química] precipitarse 1.2 [Meteorol] condensarse
    Example sentences
    • It is then mixed with ammonia to precipitate solid uranium oxide that is of a purer grade.
    • There are also some concerns about the use of sodium bicarbonate, because it may worsen hypocalcemia or precipitate calcium phosphate deposition on various tissues.
    • When substances are precipitated by inorganic or organic processes the material is known as chemical sediment.

adjective/adjetivo

/prɪˈsɪpətət; prɪˈsɪpɪtət/
  • [literary/literario] [exit/departure] precipitado let us not be precipitate no nos precipitemos

noun/nombre

c and u /prɪˈsɪpəteɪt; prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt/

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