Pronunciation Noun


  1. A distinctive odour or smell.
    the scent of flowers
    the scent of a skunk
  2. An odour left by an animal that may be used for tracing.
    The dogs lost the scent.
  3. The sense of smell.
    I believe the bloodhound has the best scent of all dogs.
  4. A perfume.
  5. (figuratively) Any trail or trace that can be followed to find something or someone, such as the paper left behind in a paperchase.
  6. (obsolete) Sense, perception.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene:
      A fit false dream, that can delude the sleeper's sent.

Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: cheiro
  • Russian: след
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scent (scents, present participle scenting; past and past participle scented)

  1. (transitive) To detect the scent of; to discern by the sense of smell.
    The hounds scented the fox in the woods.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene v]:
      Methinks I scent the morning air.
  2. (transitive, figurative) To have a suspicion of.
    I scented trouble when I saw them running down the hill towards me.
  3. (transitive) To impart an odour to.
    Scent the air with burning sage before you begin your meditation.
    • Balm from a silver box distilled around, / Shall all bedew the roots, and scent the sacred ground.
  4. (intransitive, archaic) To have a smell.
    • Thunderbolts […] do scent strongly of brimstone.
  5. To hunt animals by means of the sense of smell.
  • German: wittern
  • Italian: fiutare
  • Portuguese: sentir (o) cheiro (de)
  • Russian: обоня́ть
  • Spanish: oler

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