Simple Definition of percolate
: to pass slowly through something that has many small holes in it
: to spread slowly
: to make (coffee) in a special pot (called a percolator)
Full Definition of percolate
1 a : to cause (a solvent) to pass through a permeable substance (as a powdered drug) especially for extracting a soluble constituent b : to prepare (coffee) in a percolator
2 : to be diffused through : penetrate
1 : to ooze or trickle through a permeable substance : seep
2 a : to become percolated b : to become lively or effervescent
3 : to spread gradually <allow the sunlight to percolate into our rooms — Norman Douglas>
4 : simmer 2a <the feud had been percolating for a long time>
Examples of percolate
Sunlight percolated down through the trees.
Rumors percolated throughout the town.
There is nothing like percolating coffee over an open campfire.
Coffee was percolating on the stove.
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