Is it possible for an action to lack a verb? For example - to answer my own question - there is a verb for smell bad ("stink"), but there is no counterpart for to smell good. Is there?


"Perfume" is a verb that works for many good smells, and not just scents that you'd wear as perfume. When you search for "perfumed with the scent of …" on Google, you come up with "baked goods", "pine", "ripening fruit"

On the other hand, you wouldn't smell something and say "that really perfumes".


I think "redolate" (verb) would do well to convey this meaning ("to smell good"). To my knowledge, redolate is not currently a word.

  • A giant white head grows during the pour and lingers afterward. Smell is of oranges, spicy earth and moss, and alcohol. Taste is exceptionally dry for a 9% ABV beer, with delicious Cheerios base malt and subtle Belgian earthiness. Saaz and Amarillo make a redolate combination that reminds one of a citrus garden: vegetative and earthy smells mixed with a sweet orange perfume.; When plants grow over my dust, let every leaf redolate with the aroma of my fidelity to you.; ... – Kris Dec 26 '13 at 7:53
  • Hello, and Welcome to EL&U. Thanks for your input! – anongoodnurse Dec 26 '13 at 10:27
  • "the film seems to really redolate with a sense of subdued quietude." The meaning is clearly unfixed. – anongoodnurse Dec 26 '13 at 10:28

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