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percolate

per·co·late

percolate

 
pronunciation:
puhr k leIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: percolated, percolates, percolating
definition 1: to cause (a liquid) to trickle or pass through something porous, such as a filter.
similar words:
trickle
definition 2: to trickle or move slowly through.
The excess fluid percolated the soil.
definition 3: to brew (coffee) by filtering hot water through ground coffee.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to pass slowly through a filter or other porous substance; filter through something.
similar words:
filter
definition 2: to brew in a coffee percolator.
The coffee percolates quickly in this pot.
definition 3: to be or become active or lively.
This office is finally beginning to percolate.
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derivations: percolable (adj.), percolative (adj.), percolation (n.)
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