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precipitate

pre·cip·i·tate

precipitate

pronunciation:
pr sI p teIt
part of speech: verb
inflections: precipitated, precipitates, precipitating
definition 1: to make something happen suddenly or earlier than might be expected.
Reports of serious bicycle injuries precipitated a change in the law concerning helmets.
synonyms:
hasten, speed
similar words:
facilitate, prompt
definition 2: to change from water vapor and fall to the ground as rain, snow, or sleet.
These water molecules in the air will eventually precipitate.
similar words:
drizzle, hail, mist, rain, sleet, snow
derivations: precipitative (adj.), precipitately (adv.), precipitateness (n.), precipitator (n.)