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Definition of trickle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trickle
    he / she / it trickles
    past simple trickled
    -ing form trickling
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to flow, or to make something flow, slowly in a thin stream (+ adv./prep.) Tears were trickling down her cheeks. trickle something (+ adv./prep.) She trickled the sand slowly through her fingers.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] trickle (something) + adv./prep. to go, or to make something go, somewhere slowly or gradually People began trickling into the auditorium. News is starting to trickle out.
  3. Phrasal Verbstrickle down
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: trickle