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precipitate into (something)

1. To form into a solid state out of a liquid solution. After evaporation the solution will precipitate into sodium uranyl carbonate. We must mix in a special additive to prevent the solution from precipitating into crystals.
2. To cause or catalyze the formation of something into a solid state out of a gaseous or liquid solution. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "precipitate" and "into." Hanging a paperclip in the solution will precipitate the dissolved sugar into a cluster of solid crystals.
3. To form condense and fall from the air as a form of water. The humidity was pushed high into the freezing mountain air where it precipitated into heavy snow. The air had a heavy feeling to it, like it could precipitate into rain at any moment.
4. To turn into something more coherent, definite, or serious, usually from a combination of multiple, less tangible elements or aspects. The feelings of unrest and anger have begun precipitating into organized protests against the government. Regulatory oversights and an overall lack of accountability have precipitated into a series of banking scandals that have brought the world economy to its knees.
5. To cause something to turn into a more coherent, definite, or serious state, situation, or condition. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "precipitate" and "into." If the parliament fails to pass legislation that satisfies both sides, it could precipitate this volatile situation into a full-blown civil war. A fistfight between a bystander and a protester quickly precipitated the peaceful demonstration into a massive riot.
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precipitate into something

1. Lit. [for a chemical] to go out of solution into solid form. The sodium chloride precipitated into a salt. Will this compound precipitate into anything if I cool it?
2. Fig. [for something] to become a more serious matter. By then, the street fight had precipitated into a riot. We were afraid that the argument would precipitate into a fight.
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precipitate something into something

1. Lit. to cause a chemical to go out of a solution into a solid form. Adding just one salt grain at the right time will precipitate the salt dissolved into the water into large crystals. One grain precipitated the dissolved salt into crystals.
2. Fig. to cause something to become more serious. The gunshot precipitated the incident into a riot. The rally was precipitated into a serious brawl.
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The petition cited the case of Congressman Romeo Jalosjos, Jr., where the Court of Appeals on June 2, 2010 granted Jalosjos' appeal reversing the decision of the Pagadian City RTC, which excluded him from the List of Voters on the ground that the reckoning six-month period before the election was yet to come when the petition for exclusion was precipitately and prematurely filed.
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'I ask that question though, to him: do you think the official at the CDB would have acted so precipitately and not pay the courtesy to call to the chair of the tenders board in Jamaica, Trinidad or Barbados?'
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