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percolate

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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] percōlāre (to filter).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
percolate

Plural
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  1. A liquid that has been percolated.

Verb

Infinitive
to percolate

Third person singular
percolates

Simple past
percolated

Past participle
-

Present participle
percolating

to percolate (third-person singular simple present percolates, present participle percolating, simple past and past participle percolated)
  1. (transitive) To pass a liquid through a porous substance; to filter.
  2. (intransitive) To drain or seep through a porous substance.
    Water percolates through sand.
  3. (transitive) To make (coffee) in a percolator.
    I'll percolate some coffee.
  4. (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.

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