percolate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “percolate” in the English Dictionary

"percolate" in British English

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uk   /ˈpɜː.kəl.eɪt/  us   /ˈpɝː-/

percolate verb (LIQUID)

[I] If a ​liquid percolates, it ​movesslowly through a ​substance with very ​smallholes in it: Sea ​water percolates down through the ​rocks. [I or T] to make ​coffee using a ​machine in which ​hotwaterpasses through ​crushedcoffeebeans into a ​container below

percolate verb (INFORMATION)

[I] to ​spreadslowly: The ​news has ​begun to percolate through the ​staff.
(Definition of percolate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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percolateverb [I]

 us   /ˈpɜr·kəˌleɪt/
(of a ​liquid) to move through a ​substance by going through very ​smallspaces within it: Underground ​water had percolated through the ​soil to ​formpuddles.
(Definition of percolate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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