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Definition of scent verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scent
    he / she / it scents
    past simple scented
    -ing form scenting
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  1. 1scent something to find something by using the sense of smell The dog scented a rabbit.
  2. 2scent something to begin to feel that something exists or is about to happen synonym sense The press could scent a scandal. By then, the team was scenting victory.
  3. 3[often passive] scent something (with something) to give something a particular, pleasant smell Roses scented the night air. Scent the room with your favorite aromas.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: scent