- 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[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[transitive, intransitive] percolate (something) to make coffee in a percolator; to be made in this way
NAmE//ˈpərkəˌleɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they percolate
he / she / it percolates
past simple percolated
-ing form percolating
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