Meaning of “scent” in the English Dictionary

"scent" in English

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uk /sent/ us /sent/

scentverb [ T ]

uk /sent/ 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 game, the team could already scent victory.


(Definition of “scent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scent" in American English

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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.

(Definition of “scent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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