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English definition of “smell”

smell

verb (DISCOVER)    /smel/ (smelled or UK also smelt, smelled or UK smelt)
B1 [T] to notice or discover something using the nose: Come and smell these flowers! Can you smell something burning? [+ (that)] Didn't you smell (that) the pie was burning? I can smell something nasty in the bottom of the fridge.Smells and smelling [T] informal to know about or be aware of a situation without having to be told about it: Brenda can smell trouble a mile off (= a long time in advance).Guessing, supposing and suspecting
(Definition of smell verb (DISCOVER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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