|Origin:||, past participle of percolare 'to put through a sieve'|
if an idea, feeling, or piece of information percolates through a group, it gradually spreads
The message has begun to percolate through the organization.
These ideas were slow to percolate.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
if liquid, light, or air percolates somewhere, it passes slowly through a material that has very small holes in it
Rainwater percolates down through the rock.
3 [intransitive and transitive] also perkDFD
if coffee percolates, or if you percolate it, you make it in a special pot in which hot water goes up through a tube and then passes down through crushed coffee beans
—percolation noun [uncountable and countable]