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 precipitatedhasten, trigger, accelerate, expedite, advance, fling, launch, further, dispatch, cast, hurl, press, discharge, throw, quicken
Examples from the Web for precipitated
Contemporary Examples of precipitated
And it was probably at least partly this that precipitated his downfall.Relishing Rembrandt’s Blockbuster London Show
October 16, 2014
Rather, it precipitated a month-long diplomatic crisis of byzantine complexity that exposed deeper, long-term sources of conflict.Barbara Tuchman’s ‘The Guns of August’ Is Still WWI’s Peerless Chronicle
James A. Warren
September 29, 2014
Our public fascination with buttholes has also precipitated a whole new genre of celebrity rumors.The ‘Back Door’ Is Having Its Pop Culture Moment
September 27, 2014
Her departure was precipitated by her decision as an IACC member to vote against more funding for studies on vaccine safety.“Autism Speaks”- but Should Everyone Listen?
June 13, 2014
Did the writers give you any idea what precipitated this collapse—perhaps a nuclear war or environmental devastation?The Great Character Actor: Guy Pearce on His Brilliant Career, From ‘Priscilla’ to ‘The Rover’
May 23, 2014
Historical Examples of precipitated
Let not your Clarissa be precipitated into a state she wishes not to enter into with any man!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
This was on April 24, 1846, and precipitated hostilities at once.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
This precipitated a vigorous discussion which extended into the next day.
I have been precipitated, alive, into this hell by another ghost.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
For this, Europe, during two centuries, was precipitated on Asia.
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.