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PRECIPITATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does precipitate mean? 

PRECIPITATE (noun)
  The noun PRECIPITATE has 1 sense:

1. a precipitated solid substance in suspension or after settling or filtering

  Familiarity information: PRECIPITATE used as a noun is very rare.


PRECIPITATE (adjective)
  The adjective PRECIPITATE has 1 sense:

1. done with very great haste and without due deliberation

  Familiarity information: PRECIPITATE used as an adjective is very rare.


PRECIPITATE (verb)
  The verb PRECIPITATE has 5 senses:

1. separate as a fine suspension of solid particles
2. bring about abruptly
3. fall from clouds
4. fall vertically, sharply, or headlong
5. hurl or throw violently

  Familiarity information: PRECIPITATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRECIPITATE (noun)


Sense 1precipitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A precipitated solid substance in suspension or after settling or filtering

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("precipitate" is a kind of...):

solid (a substance that is solid at room temperature and pressure)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "precipitate"):

sludge (the precipitate produced by sewage treatment)


PRECIPITATE (adjective)


Sense 1precipitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Done with very great haste and without due deliberation

Synonyms:

overhasty; precipitant; precipitate; precipitous; hasty

Context examples:

hasty marriage seldom proveth well / hasty makeshifts take the place of planning / rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for reconversion / wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king

Similar:

hurried (moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste)


PRECIPITATE (verb)


Sense 1precipitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Separate as a fine suspension of solid particles

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "precipitate" is one way to...):

change state; turn (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2precipitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring about abruptly

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Context example:

The crisis precipitated by Russia's revolution

Hypernyms (to "precipitate" is one way to...):

effect; effectuate; set up (produce)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3precipitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall from clouds

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

come down; precipitate; fall

Context examples:

rain, snow and sleet were falling / Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum

"Precipitate" entails doing...:

condense; distil; distill (undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "precipitate"):

rain; rain down (precipitate as rain)

spat (come down like raindrops)

snow (fall as snow)

hail (precipitate as small ice particles)

sleet (precipitate as a mixture of rain and snow)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 4precipitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall vertically, sharply, or headlong

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

Our economy precipitated into complete ruin

Hypernyms (to "precipitate" is one way to...):

come down; descend; fall; go down (move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 5precipitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hurl or throw violently

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The bridge broke and precipitated the train into the river below

Hypernyms (to "precipitate" is one way to...):

cast; hurl; hurtle (throw forcefully)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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