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

     

    trickle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtrɪkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrɪkl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trickle
    BrE BrE//ˈtrɪkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrɪkl//
     
    he / she / it trickles
    BrE BrE//ˈtrɪklz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrɪklz//
     
    past simple trickled
    BrE BrE//ˈtrɪkld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrɪkld//
     
    past participle trickled
    BrE BrE//ˈtrɪkld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrɪkld//
     
    -ing form trickling
    BrE BrE//ˈtrɪklɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrɪklɪŋ//
     
     
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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.) Trickle some oil over the salad.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] trickle (something) + adv./prep. to go, or to make something go, somewhere slowly or gradually People began trickling into the hall. News is starting to trickle out.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): imitative.Extra examples Blood trickled from a wound on his head. Sweat trickled into my eyes. Tears trickled slowly down her cheeks. The last of the water trickled away. Rainwater trickled through the cracks in the boards. Phrasal Verbstrickle down
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