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English definition of “sniff”

sniff

verb     /snɪf/
BREATHE [I] to breathe air in through your nose in a way that makes a noise: Sam had a cold and she kept sniffing.Noises made by the bodyColds and fluFevers and infectious diseases
SMELL [I, T] to breathe air in through your nose in order to smell something: She sniffed the flowers.Smells and smelling
sniff noun [C]
(Definition of sniff verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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