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Definition of scent verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    scent

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//sent//
     
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    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scent
    BrE BrE//sent//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sent//
     
    he / she / it scents
    BrE BrE//sents//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sents//
     
    past simple scented
    BrE BrE//ˈsentɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsentɪd//
     
    past participle scented
    BrE BrE//ˈsentɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsentɪd//
     
    -ing form scenting
    BrE BrE//ˈsentɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsentɪŋ//
     
     
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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 favourite aromas.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting the sense of smell): from Old French sentir ‘perceive, smell’, from Latin sentire. The addition of -c- (in the 17th cent.) is unexplained.
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