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

     

    perfume

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 2perfume something (with something) to put perfume in or on something She perfumed her bath with fragrant oils.
  3. 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 ‘to smoke through’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: perfume

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