- 1scent something to find something by using the sense of smell The dog scented a rabbit.
- 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[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.
NAmE//sɛnt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scent
he / she / it scents
past simple scented
-ing form scenting