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precipitate
verb, as in:  action will precipitate


The accident precipitated the union strike for better working conditions.
  make something happen abruptly (suddenly)
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Standard suffix pronunciation:  When a word ends in "ate" and can be used as a verb or a noun/adjective, the last syllable of the word is often pronounced differently depending upon how it is used. The verb is typically pronounced with a long "a" as in the word "ate", but the noun or adjective is typically pronounced with a soft "a" which sounds more like "ut" in the word "hut".  Click on Dictionary (w/ pronunciation) to hear the pronunciations.
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Samples:
  • The accident precipitated the union strike for better working conditions.
  • She expressed concern that withdrawal of UN troops will precipitate chaos and tribal warfare.
  • Something was about to happen, and they were waiting for it, waiting with the unanimous, unstable mob-mind for the one of them who would make the first action that would precipitate all of them into a common action.
  • The crisis precipitated by the Russia’s revolution

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  • ...for it is certainly possible ... to provoke and precipitate the people into the wildest excesses.
    Alexander Hamilton  --  Federalist Papers
  • Our economy precipitated into complete ruin
  • it was a greater delight slyly to precipitate a fight amongst his mates
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • ...a sinking of the machinery would precipitate that keen, glistening axe upon my bosom.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights because the quest may precipitate violence.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • The essence of pearl mixed with essence of men and a curious dark residue was precipitated.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl

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  • The quarrel was probably precipitated by Amanda’s interruption of Tom’s creative labor.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • The precipitating event is invariably domestic: a dispute with girlfriends or parents.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The sound of the tune precipitated in him a sort of ecstasy
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • Halfway down, she looked back up at me, and I knew she was still wondering what exactly had precipitated this sudden acquiescence.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • ...I’d like to know, in your own words, what it was that precipitated that decision.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • I call it a revolution because I now see how, with the word he spoke, the curtain rose on the last act of my dreadful drama, and the catastrophe was precipitated.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
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Associated words [difficulty]:   precipitate [4] , precipice [2] , precipitous [4] , precipitation [6] , precipitant [8]
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