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scentnoun [C/U]

 us   /sent/
  • scent noun [C/U] (SMELL)

a ​smell, esp. when ​pleasant, or a ​smellleft 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 ​pleasantsmell).

scentverb [T]

 us   /sent/
  • scent verb [T] (FILL WITH SMELL)

to ​fill an ​area or ​place with a ​smell, esp. a ​pleasantsmell: Perfume scented the ​air.
  • scent verb [T] (DISCOVER)

to ​discover someone or something by ​smelling: The ​dogseventually 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)







"scent" in British English

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scentnoun

uk   us   /sent/
B2 [C] a ​pleasantnaturalsmell: the scent of ​roses [C] a ​smellproduced 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 ​theirskin: a ​bottle of scent
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scentverb [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 ​game, the ​team could already scent victory.
(Definition of scent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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