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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Idioms for smell

    smell a rat. rat (def. 6).

Origin of smell

First recorded in 1125–75; early Middle English smell, smull (noun), smellen,smullen (verb); origin uncertain.

synonym study for smell

13. See odor.

OTHER WORDS FROM smell

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British Dictionary definitions for smell

smell
/ (smɛl) /

verb smells, smelling, smelt or smelled

noun

Derived forms of smell

smeller, noun

Word Origin for smell

C12: of uncertain origin; compare Middle Dutch smölen to scorch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for smell

smell
[ smĕl ]

v.

To perceive the scent of something by means of the olfactory nerves.

n.

The sense by which odors are perceived; the olfactory sense.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Idioms and Phrases with smell

smell

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