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Definition of "percolate" [per•co•late]

  • To cause (liquid, for example) to pass through a porous substance or small holes; filter. (verb-transitive)
  • To pass or ooze through: Water percolated the sand. (verb-transitive)
  • To make (coffee) in a percolator. (verb-transitive)
  • To drain or seep through a porous material or filter. (verb-intransitive)
  • Informal To become lively or active. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "percolate" in a sentence
  • "I'm still processing this 'call to arms' and personally think it needs to percolate from the bottom up not the Government down."
  • "After I let the idea percolate for a time, I decided against pursuing that course for something with much less pressure."
  • "Cherry let the idea percolate with ABC executives because he knew it was a "pretty risky proposition.""