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scentnoun [C/U]

 us   /sent/

scent noun [C/U] (SMELL)

a smell, esp. when pleasant, or a smell left behind by an animal or person: [C] The scent of lilacs permeated the air. [C] The dogs were onto the lost boy’s scent (= were following his smell). Scent is also perfume (= liquid with a pleasant smell).

scentverb [T]

 us   /sent/

scent verb [T] (FILL WITH SMELL)

to fill an area or place with a smell, esp. a pleasant smell: Perfume scented the air.

scent verb [T] (DISCOVER)

to discover someone or something by smelling: The dogs eventually scented the fox. If you scent something, you have a feeling that something exists or is present: We could scent danger/trouble/success.
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