Percolate meaning

pûr'kə-lāt'
To drain or seep through a porous material or filter.
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To become lively or active.
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To spread slowly or gradually.
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A liquid that has been percolated.
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To pass (a liquid) gradually through small spaces or a porous substance; filter.
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To percolate is to gradually spread or filter through.

An example of percolate is when water gradually spreads and filters through soil.

An example of percolate is when an idea gradually spreads and becomes more well known.

When you make coffee in a special coffee maker called a percolator, this is an example of percolate.

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To cause (liquid, for example) to pass through a porous substance or small holes; filter.
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To pass or ooze through.

Water percolated the sand.

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To make (coffee) in a percolator.
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To drain or ooze through (a porous substance); permeate.
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To brew (coffee) in a percolator.
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To become active or lively; start bubbling up, as coffee in a percolator.
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A liquid produced by percolating.
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To pass a liquid through a porous substance; to filter.
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(intransitive) To drain or seep through a porous substance.

Water percolates through sand.

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To make (coffee) in a percolator.

I'll percolate some coffee.

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(intransitive, figuratively) To spread slowly or gradually; to slowly become noticed or realised.

Reports on the pitiful state of many prisons have finally percolated through to the Home Office, which has promised to look into the situation.

Through media reports it percolated to the surface that the police investigation was profoundly flawed.

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(rare) A liquid that has been percolated.
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Origin of percolate

  • Latin percōlāre percōlāt- per- per- cōlāre to filter (from cōlum sieve)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin percōlō (“I filter"), itself, from per (“through") + colō (“I strain") (from cōlum (“a strainer"), of unknown origin).
    From Wiktionary