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scent

noun uk   us   /sent/
B2 [C] a pleasant natural smell: the scent of roses [C] a smell produced by an animal that acts as a signal to other animals: The hounds had lost the scent of the fox near the river. [C or U] a pleasant-smelling liquid that people put on their skin: a bottle of scent
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scent

verb [T] uk   us   /sent/
If an animal scents something or someone, it knows that person or thing is there because it can smell it, him, or her. If a person scents something, they have a feeling that they are about to experience it: Halfway through the match, the team could already scent victory.
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