As verbs the difference between suffuse and percolate
is that suffuse
is to spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse while percolate
is to pass a liquid through a porous substance; to filter.
As a noun percolate is
(rare) a liquid that has been percolated.
To spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse.
(figuratively) To spread through or over in the manner of a liquid.
- The entire room was suffused with a golden light.
- The warmth suffused his cold fingers.
The verb is often used in the passive voice.
To pass a liquid through a porous substance; to filter.
To drain or seep through a porous substance.
To make (coffee) in a percolator.
- Water percolates through sand.
(figuratively) To spread slowly or gradually; to slowly become noticed or realised.
- I'll percolate some coffee.
- Reports on the pitiful state of many prisons have finally percolated through to the Home Office, which has promised to look into the situation.
- Through media reports it percolated to the surface that the police investigation was profoundly flawed.
(rare) A liquid that has been percolated.