percolate (percolates, present participle percolating; past and past participle percolated)
- (transitive) To pass a liquid through a porous substance; to filter.
- (intransitive) To drain or seep through a porous substance.
- Water percolates through sand.
- (transitive) To make (coffee) in a percolator.
- I'll percolate some coffee.
- (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.
- French: faire percoler, filtrer
- German: filtern, filtrieren
- Italian: percolare
- Portuguese: coar, filtrar
- Russian: проце́живать
- French: percoler, filtrer
- German: versickern
- Italian: drenare, percolare
- Portuguese: permear
- Russian: проса́чиваться
- Portuguese: coar
percolate (plural percolates)
- (rare) A liquid that has been percolated.
- French: percolat
- German: Filtrat