- 1perfume something (with something) (literary) (especially of flowers) to make the air in a place smell pleasant synonym scent The garden was perfumed with the smell of roses. One bloom has the power to perfume a whole room.
- 2perfume something (with something) to put perfume in or on something She perfumed her bath with fragrant oils. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (originally denoting pleasant-smelling smoke from a burning substance, especially one used in fumigation): from French parfum (noun), parfumer (verb), from obsolete Italian parfumare, literally
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfjuːm//; NAmE NAmE//pərˈfjuːm//[often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they perfume
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfjuːm//; NAmE NAmE//pərˈfjuːm//he / she / it perfumes
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfjuːmz//; NAmE NAmE//pərˈfjuːmz//past simple perfumed
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfjuːmd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrfjuːmd//past participle perfumed
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfjuːmd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrfjuːmd//-ing form perfuming
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfjuːmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//pərˈfjuːmɪŋ//