Scent meaning

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The definition of a scent is an odor.

The smell of a perfume is an example of scent.

The distinctive smell that a person has that a dog can track is an example of that person's scent.

Evidence that leads police to find a killer is an example of a scent that the police follow.

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The sense of smell.
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A hint of something imminent; a suggestion.

Caught the scent of a reconciliation.

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To suspect or detect.

Scented danger.

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To hunt prey by means of the sense of smell. Used of hounds.
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To smell; perceive by the olfactory sense.
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To get a hint or inkling of; suspect.

To scent trouble.

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To fill with an odor; give fragrance to; perfume.
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To hunt by the sense of smell.
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A smell; odor.
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A manufactured fluid preparation used to give fragrance; perfume.
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An odor left by an animal, by which it is tracked in hunting.
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A track followed in hunting.
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Any clue by which something is followed or detected.
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An intuitive capacity for discovering or detecting.

A scent for news.

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A distinctive odour or smell.

The scent of flowers.

The scent of a skunk.

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An odour left by an animal that may be used for tracing.

The dogs lost the scent.

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The sense of smell.

I believe the bloodhound has the best scent of all dogs.

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(figuratively) Any trail or trace that can be followed to find something or someone.
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To detect the scent of.

The hounds scented the fox in the woods.

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To impart an odour to.

Scent the air with burning sage before you begin your meditation.

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To have a smell.
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To hunt animals by means of the sense of smell.
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A distinctive, often agreeable odor.
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A perfume.

An expensive French scent.

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An odor left by the passing of an animal.
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The trail of a hunted animal or fugitive.

The hounds are on the scent.

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The sense of smell.

A bear's keen scent.

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To perceive or identify by the sense of smell.

Dogs scenting their prey.

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To fill with a pleasant odor; perfume.

When blossoms scent the air.

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Scent is to make something smell a certain way or to determine something based on smell.

When you spray your pillow with lavender, this is an example of a situation where you scent your pillow.

When a dog finds drugs by using his nose, this is an example of a situation where a dog scents drugs.

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Origin of scent

  • Middle English sent from senten to scent from Old French sentir from Latin sentīre to feel sent- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From c.1400 Old French sentir "to feel, perceive, smell," from Latin sentire "to feel, perceive, sense"; originally a hunting term. The -c- appeared 17c., possibly by influence of ascent, descent, etc., or by influence of science.

    From Wiktionary