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Translation of precipitate in Spanish:

transitive verb

American English: /prəˈsɪpəˌteɪt/
British English: /prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt/
  • 1 (bring about, hasten) [formal]
    the events which precipitated his downfall
    los acontecimientos que precipitaron su caída
    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.
  • 2 (hurl) [formal]
    to precipitate something into somethingthe 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
    • 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)
    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.
    3.2 (Meteorology)
    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

  • 1 (Chemistry)
  • 2 (Meteorology)


American English: /prəˈsɪpədət/
British English: /prɪˈsɪpɪtət/
  • [literary]
    let us not be precipitate
    no nos precipitemos
    Example sentences
    • But she certainly stirred a mob reaction in populist manner on an issue that needs sensitive and informed leadership and serious democratic debate, careful and caring thought, not instinctive and precipitate action.
    • The cracking of an old bough, or the hooting of the owl, was enough to fill me with alarm, and try my strength in a precipitate flight.
    • In such instances the will and the courage confronted by some great difficulty which it can neither master nor endure, appears in some to recede in precipitate flight, leaving only panic and temporary unreason in its wake.
    Example sentences
    • The modest fall-off which ensued was followed by a more precipitate decline in World War I, the result of a cut in mine production occasioned by labour shortages.
    • Real wages increased only slowly, probably not sufficiently to counter the precipitate decline of the handwork trades and the high marginal costs of urban life.
    • It may be that the precipitate fall in the last survey - widely regarded in both the radio and advertising industries as a glitch - is no fluke.


countable and uncountableAmerican English: /prəˈsɪpədət/
, /prəˈsɪpəˌteɪt/
British English: /prɪˈsɪpɪtət/
, /prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt/
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