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percolate (v.)

1620s, "to strain through" (transitive), a back-formation from percolation, or else from Latin percolatus, past participle of percolare "to strain through." Figurative sense by 1670s. Intransitive sense of "to pass through small interstices" is from 1680s. Related: Percolated; percolating.

updated on March 24, 2020

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Definitions of percolate from WordNet
1
percolate (v.)
permeate or penetrate gradually;
Synonyms: leach
percolate (v.)
spread gradually;
Light percolated into our house in the morning
percolate (v.)
prepare in a percolator;
percolate coffee
percolate (v.)
cause (a solvent) to pass through a permeable substance in order to extract a soluble constituent;
percolate (v.)
pass through;
Synonyms: sink in / permeate / filter
percolate (v.)
gain or regain energy;
Synonyms: perk up / perk / pick up / gain vigor
2
percolate (n.)
the product of percolation;
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