- 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[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 Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin percolat-
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//