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Definition of percolate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    percolate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːkəleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrkəleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they percolate
    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːkəleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrkəleɪt//
     
    he / she / it percolates
    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːkəleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrkəleɪts//
     
    past simple percolated
    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːkəleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrkəleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle percolated
    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːkəleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrkəleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form percolating
    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːkəleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrkəleɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (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
  4. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin percolat- ‘strained through’, from the verb percolare, from per- ‘through’ + colare ‘to strain’ (from colum ‘strainer’).
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