verb (used with object), pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing.
Origin of precipitate
Synonyms for precipitate
Antonyms for precipitate
Related Words for precipitatehasten, trigger, accelerate, expedite, advance, fling, launch, further, dispatch, cast, hurl, press, discharge, throw, quicken
Examples from the Web for precipitate
Contemporary Examples of precipitate
Unlike some of her peers, she is not motivated by an ideological zeal to precipitate Israel's destruction.Sitting Beside A BDS Leader
March 19, 2013
Continued temporizing could destroy the euro and precipitate another financial catastrophe.We’re Doomed!
Charles R. Morris
August 11, 2011
Next in line is the arch- conservative Interior Minister Prince Nayif, who would alienate reformers and might precipitate unrest.Why the Saudi Royals are Scared
March 8, 2011
If NATO withdraws, those forces will almost certainly sweep into Kabul and precipitate another protracted civil war.The Right and Left Are Wrong About My Movie
July 21, 2010
Anger, alcohol, drugs, economic hopelessness, reckless driving—they can all precipitate tragedy.Why I Love Guns
May 14, 2009
Historical Examples of precipitate
How would she explain to herself his sudden, precipitate journey to London alone?The Market-Place
To Daniel, the blow was all that he needed to precipitate his ruin.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
It may be that he did not want to precipitate the slaughter.Billy Topsail & Company
"No, no, it would but precipitate itself at once upon us," replied John.A Romance of the West Indies
Precipitate allowed to stand 24 hours, and then dried at 55°.Histology of the Blood
Word Origin for precipitate
"to hurl or fling down," 1520s, a back formation from precipitation or else from Latin praecipitatus, past participle of praecipitare "to throw or dive headlong," from praeceps "steep, headlong, headfirst" (see precipice). Meaning "to cause to happen, hurry the beginning of" is recorded from 1620s. Chemical sense is from 1620s; meteorological sense first attested 1863. Related: Precipitated; precipitating.
c.1600, from Latin praecipitatus, past participle of praecipitare "to throw or dive headlong" (see precipitate (v.)). Meaning "hasty" is attested from 1650s. Related: Precipitately.
1560s, probably a back formation from precipitation.