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sniff

verb [I/T]  us   /snɪf/

sniff verb [I/T] (SMELL)

to smell something by taking in air through the nose: [T] Jack crushed a bit of dried grass between his fingers and sniffed its scent. To sniff is also to quickly take in a breath through the nose.

sniff verb [I/T] (SHOW DISAPPROVAL)

to express a bad opinion of something or someone; to show disapproval: [I] The museum’s front lawn does not need to be cluttered with silly pop art, sniffed a newspaper editorial.
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sniff

noun [C]  /snɪf/

sniff noun [C] (QUICK SMELL)

a quick breath in through the nose to smell something: She took a sniff of the medicine.
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