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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɜkəʊleɪt/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈpəɹkoʊleɪt/
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- (transitive) To pass a liquid through a porous substance; to filter.
- (intransitive) To drain or seep through a porous substance.
- Water percolates through sand.
- (transitive) To make (coffee) in a percolator.
- I'll percolate some coffee.
- (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.
(transitive) pass a liquid through a porous substance
(intransitive) drain through a porous substance
(transitive) to make coffee in a percolator
(intransitive) to make coffee in a percolator
(intransitive) spread slowly or gradually
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percolate (plural percolates)
- (rare) A liquid that has been percolated.