V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to filter or rise to the top; 2. to gradually spread or pass through

Synonyms: filter, trickle, strain, rise, pass


Tips: Most people recognize the word percolate from the percolating of coffee. Water passes through coffee grounds and the coffee percolates into a container. In business and daily life, percolate is used to describe good ideas or recommendations that rise above other considerations. Percolate can also be used to denote the spreading of information.

Usage Examples:

All critical considerations must percolate up to the CEO and CFO for their review. (filter, rise)

If a meeting is successful, all of the good ideas will percolate early on and inspire substantive discussion. (rise, filter upward)

The rumors of their breakup have begun to percolate through our circle of friends. (filter, trickle, pass)

Tiny cracks in our roof have allowed water to percolate into our attic during the rain. (pass, trickle)

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