precipitarse

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precipitarse(
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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (to act impulsively or in haste)
a. to rush
No te precipites en tu decisión.Don't rush into any decisions.
b. to be rash
Me precipité a dar información que aún no era definitiva.It was rash of me to give out information which wasn't yet definite.
c. to act rashly
El país se precipitó y contraatacó.The country acted rashly and counterattacked.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No voy a precipitarme al tomar esta decisión tan importante.I'm not going to do anything hasty when taking such an important decision.
¡No nos precipitemos!Let's not do anything hasty!
2. (to get a move on)
a. to hurry
No hay necesidad de precipitarse. Todavía tenemos tiempo.There's no need to hurry. We still have time.
b. to rush
El estudiante se precipitó a ayudar a la anciana.The student rushed to help the elderly woman.
3. (to happen quickly)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Los acontecimientos se precipitaron y el Bloque del Este se desmoronó en pocos meses.Events moved quickly and, within a few months, the Eastern Bloc had collapsed.
La caída del Muro de Berlín se precipitó y tomó a todo el mundo por sorpresa.The sudden fall of the Berlin wall took everyone by surprise.
4. (to fall)
a. to plunge
De repente, uno de los escaladores se precipitó al vacío.Suddenly, one of the climbers plunged into the void.
b. to throw oneself
El papá se precipitó sobre su hijo para protegerlo.The father threw himself on top of his son to protect him.
c. to hurl oneself
El clavadista se precipitó hacia el agua desde el acantilado.The diver hurled himself off the cliff and into the water.
d. to plummet (without control)
El piloto perdió el control del avión, que se precipitó al mar.The pilot lost control of the plane, which plummeted into the sea.
5. (to move fast and without control)
a. to crash
El auto se precipitó contra un muro.The car crashed into a wall.
b. to career
El maquinista no pudo frenar a tiempo y, en la curva, el tren se precipitó por el terraplén.The driver was unable to brake in time and the train came off the track at the bend and careered down the embankment.
c. to careen
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Dos personas fallecieron al precipitarse un camión a toda velocidad contra la pared de una casa.Two people died when a speeding truck careened into the wall of a house.
6. (chemistry)
a. to precipitate
El sólido puede precipitarse en el fondo o la superficie de la disolución o permanecer en suspensión.The solid may precipitate at the bottom or ​on the surface of the solution, or ​else​ remain in suspension.
precipitar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
7. (to quicken)
a. to hasten
La intervención de los aliados precipitó el fin de la guerra.The Allies' intervention hastened the end of the war.
Las huelgas que ocurrieron alrededor del país precipitaron la caída del régimen.The strikes that took place around the country hastened the downfall of the regime.
b. to rush
Juan no quería precipitar las cosas con su novia.Juan didn't want to rush things with his girlfriend.
c. to speed up
El presidente del Senado advierte de que cualquier intento de precipitar este proceso puede ser desastroso.The President of the Senate warns that any attempt to speed up this process could be disastrous.
d. to precipitate
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
La crisis precipitó la quiebra de la compañía.The crisis precipitated the company's bankruptcy.
8. (to fling)
a. to throw
Dicen que un oso precipitó al escalador desde lo alto de la montaña.They say that a bear threw the climber off the top of the mountain.
b. to hurl
Orlando precipitó todas sus cosas al mar.Orlando hurled all his things into the sea.
c. to push
Alguien lo precipitó desde el acantilado.Someone pushed him off the cliff.
d. to crash (causing damage)
Los ladrones precipitaron su auto contra el escaparate de una joyería.The thieves crashed their car into a jewelry store window.
9. (chemistry)
a. to precipitate
Luego se disuelven las sustancias precipitadas en agua.Then the precipitated substances are dissolved in water.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
10. (chemistry)
a. to precipitate
El soluto precipitó, haciéndose sólido.The solute precipitated, becoming solid.
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precipitar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (arrojar)
a. to throw o hurl down
2. (acelerar)
a. to hasten, to speed up
3. (chemistry)
a. to precipitate
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (caer)
a. to plunge (down)
5. (acelerarse; acontecimientos)
a. to speed up
6. (apresurarse)
a. to rush
7. (obrar irreflexivamente)
a. to act rashly
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precipitar
transitive verb
1 (arrojar) to hurl down; throw;desde from
2 (apresurar) to hasten; precipitate (formal)
aquello precipitó su salida that affair hastened o (formal) precipitated his departure; la dimisión precipitó la crisis her resignation brought on o (formal) precipitated the crisis; no precipitemos los acontecimientos let's not rush things
3 (Química) to precipitate
pronominal verb
precipitarse
1 (arrojarse) to throw o.s.; hurl o.s.;desde from
precipitarse sobre algo [+pájaro] to swoop down on sth; [+animal] to pounce on sth; precipitarse sobre algn to throw o hurl o.s. on sb
2 (correr) to rush; dash
precipitarse a hacer algo to rush to do sth; precipitarse hacia la salida to rush towards the exit
3 (actuar sin reflexión) to act hastily
se ha precipitado rehusándolo he acted hastily in rejecting it; it was rash of him to refuse it; no te precipites don't rush into things
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