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scent

[ sent ]
/ sɛnt /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to perceive or recognize by or as if by the sense of smell: to scent trouble.
to fill with an odor; perfume.

verb (used without object)

to hunt by the sense of smell, as a hound.

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Origin of scent

First recorded in 1325–75; (verb) earlier sent,Middle English senten, from Middle French sentir “to smell,” from Latin sentīre, “to feel”; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the verb Cf. sense
1. See odor.
cent, scents , sense
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British Dictionary definitions for scent

scent
/ (sɛnt) /

noun

verb

scented, adjectivescentless, adjectivescentlessness, noun
C14: from Old French sentir to sense, from Latin sentīre to feel; see sense
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Idioms and Phrases with scent

scent

see throw off, def. 3.

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