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Meaning of “smell” - Learner’s Dictionary

smell

verb     /smel/ ( past tense and past participle smelled, also UK smelt)
smell of/like; smell delicious/horrible, etc B1 to have a particular quality that people notice by using their nose: I've been cooking, so my hands smell of garlic. That soup smells delicious - what's in it?Smells and smelling
NOTICE [T] B1 to notice something by using your nose: I think I can smell something burning.Smells and smelling
UNPLEASANT [I] B1 to have an unpleasant smell: Your running shoes really smell!Smells and smelling
PUT YOUR NOSE NEAR [T] B1 to put your nose near something and breathe in so that you can notice its smell: Come and smell these flowers.Smells and smelling
ABILITY [I] B2 to have the ability to notice smells: Dogs can smell much better than humans.Smells and smelling
(Definition of smell verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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