- 1[uncountable, countable] the pleasant smell that something has The air was filled with the scent of wild flowers. These flowers have no scent.
- 2[uncountable, countable, usually singular] the smell that a person or an animal leaves behind and that other animals such as dogs can follow synonym trail The dogs must have lost her scent. The hounds were now on the scent of (= following the smell of) the fox.
- 3 [uncountable] (old-fashioned) a liquid with a pleasant smell that you wear on your skin to make it smell nice a bottle of scent She dabbed some scent on her neck.
- 4scent of something [singular] the feeling that something is present or is going to happen very soon The scent of victory was in the air. There is an unmistakeable scent of recovery in the air. Idioms
close to discovering something Scientists are on the scent of a cure.
on the scent (of something)jump to other results
to do something to stop someone from finding you or discovering something She changed taxis to throw her pursuers off the scent.
put/throw somebody off the scentjump to other results