Definition of putrefy verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

putrefy

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪ//
 
[intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they putrefy
BrE BrE//ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪ//
 
he / she / it putrefies
BrE BrE//ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪz//
 
past simple putrefied
BrE BrE//ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪd//
 
past participle putrefied
BrE BrE//ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪd//
 
-ing form putrefying
BrE BrE//ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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to decay and smell very bad synonym rot The corpses were beginning to putrefy. Word Origin late Middle English: via French from Latin putrefacere, from puter, putr- ‘rotten’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: putrefy