Translation of precipitate in Spanish:


precipitar, v.

Pronunciation /prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt//prəˈsɪpəˌteɪt/

transitive verb

  • 1formal

    (bring about, hasten)
    (incident/crisis/event) precipitar
    the events which precipitated his downfall los acontecimientos que precipitaron su caída
    • His move to Ayrshire was precipitated by a failed six-week strike in the Lanarkshire coalfield in 1880.
    • We had jokingly warned the audience that earlier public airings of the song (and even, on occasion, just singing it in the lounge room at home) had precipitated unanticipated falls of rain.
    • Over the years, these works have precipitated some of the most moving moments in the class.
    • The move has been precipitated by concerns that a general election could be held in a matter of months.
    • How's that been and what precipitated the move?
    • Will our relationship pass the test or will the new situation precipitate a change for the worse?
    • The move was precipitated by a slowdown in the housing market in the company's traditional north-east of Scotland heartland, which has been blighted by uncertainty in the oil industry.
    • The third of these voyages precipitated a series of clashes with Spanish forces, sometimes authorized by London and sometimes not, as the English battled for trade and gold.
    • I kept the correspondence but I thought it has been destroyed in the apartment fire that precipitated my move to the condo.
    • Aggressors in the past, relying on our apparent lack of military force, have unwisely precipitated war.
    • This immediately precipitated resumption of the civil war with disillusioned southern forces now certain that the north had no intention of constructing a secular democratic state.
    • Unless the councillors who precipitated this unwise move are to be surcharged, and I doubt this will be the case, the rate-payers will be expected to foot the bill for the separation.
    • Retail trade fell, precipitating a drop in wages and retrenchments.
    • 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.
    • He said: ‘It appears that the death was precipitated by these stressful events which caused him to collapse.’
    • Sicily suffered a series of agricultural crises, which precipitated a sharp drop in the grain and citrus markets.
    • Nine years later, it was forced to retreat, precipitating the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    • Two events had precipitated this change in course.
    • After the mutiny of April 1944, which precipitated a confrontation with British forces, much of it was interned.
    • This was known as the ‘Cloudbuster’ device, and it was sold to several US state governments to precipitate rain.
  • 2formal

    to precipitate sth into sth
    • the 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
    • The criminal would mount the scaffold and stand upon this trapdoor, which would then open, precipitating the person into a fall of some feet.
    • It was his advice, too, which partly helped indirectly to precipitate me into my present much happier situation.
    • 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.
    • Such actions might even precipitate us into another ice age, and, as history illustrates, cold periods are normally worse than warm, both for humans and for wildlife.
  • 3

    • 3.1Chemistry

      • When substances are precipitated by inorganic or organic processes the material is known as chemical sediment.
      • The process involves dissolving the black drugs in water, and adding ammonium hydroxide to precipitate the drugs present in the mixture.
      • For example, the organic compound phenanthrene can be precipitated from an ethanolic solution by the addition of water.
      • There are also some concerns about the use of sodium bicarbonate, because it may worsen hypocalcemia or precipitate calcium phosphate deposition on various tissues.
      • It is then mixed with ammonia to precipitate solid uranium oxide that is of a purer grade.

    • 3.2Meteorology

      • Oxides of sulfur and nitrogen react with water vapor in the atmosphere and then are precipitated out as acid rain.
      • These will subsequently be precipitated, but as relatively fine particles.
      • This air cools significantly to become supersaturated with respect to ice, and some of the moisture precipitates out in the form of ice crystals.
      • When that vapour is precipitated as rain it carries the acidity with it.
      • They discovered that sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere allows clouds to precipitate rain in smaller particles.

intransitive verb

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    (departure/exit) precipitado
    let us not be precipitate no nos precipitemos


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    precipitado masculine