Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “percolate”

percolate

verb uk   /ˈpɜː.kəl.eɪt/ us    /ˈpɝː-/

percolate verb (LIQUID)

[I] If a liquid percolates, it moves slowly through a substance with very small holes in it: Sea water percolates down through the rocks.Movement of liquidsCrossing and moving through [I or T] to make coffee using a machine in which hot water passes through crushed coffee beans into a container belowWarm drinks

percolate verb (INFORMATION)

[I] to spread slowly: The news has begun to percolate through the staff.Spreading and scattering
(Definition of percolate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of percolate?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Spreading and scattering, but you might be interested in these topics from the Giving and sharing topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “percolate” in other dictionaries

Translations of “percolate”

Word of the Day

throw

to send something through the air with force, especially by a sudden movement of the arm

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More