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Definition of percolate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they percolate
    he / she / it percolates
    past simple percolated
    -ing form percolating
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of a liquid, gas, etc.) to move gradually through a surface that has very small holes or spaces in it Water had percolated down through the rocks. Nitrates may take 20 years to percolate through to the underground streams.
  2. 2[intransitive] to gradually become known or spread through a group or society It had percolated through to us that something interesting was about to happen. Changes percolate through gradually.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] percolate (something) to make coffee in a percolator; to be made in this way
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noun [uncountable]
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