scent

[ sent ]
/ sɛnt /

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.

Origin of scent

1325–75; (v.) earlier sent, Middle English senten < Middle French sentir to smell < Latin sentīre to feel; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v. Cf. sense

SYNONYMS FOR scent

1 See odor.
7 smell, sniff.

Related forms

Can be confused

cents scents sense
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British Dictionary definitions for scent

scent

/ (sɛnt) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

scented, adjectivescentless, adjectivescentlessness, noun

Word Origin for scent

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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