UK [ˈpɜː(r)kəleɪt] / US [ˈpɜrkəˌleɪt] verb
Word forms "percolate":
present tense I/you/we/they percolate he/she/it percolates present participle percolating past tense percolated past participle percolated
a) [intransitive] if a liquid or gas percolates through a substance, it gradually passes through it

Rainwater percolates slowly through the soil.

b) [intransitive/transitive] if coffee percolates, or if you percolate it, it is made in a container in which hot water passes through coffee powder
2) [intransitive] if information or ideas percolate, they spread gradually and become known to more people

Rumours of his resignation percolated through Congress.

Derived word:
UK [ˌpɜː(r)kəˈleɪʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌpɜrkəˈleɪʃ(ə)n] noun uncountable

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