- 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 favourite aromas. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting the sense of smell): from Old French sentir
BrE BrE//sent//; NAmE NAmE//sent//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//