Scent - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |sent|  American pronunciation of the word scent
Brit.  |sɛnt|  British pronunciation of the word scent


- a distinctive odor that is pleasant (syn: aroma, fragrance, perfume)
- an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be traced
- any property detected by the olfactory system (syn: aroma, odor, odour, smell)


- cause to smell or be smelly
- catch the scent of; get wind of (syn: nose, wind)
- apply perfume to (syn: perfume)


The flower has a wonderful scent.

The dogs followed the fox's scent.

The prisoner escaped because the dogs lost his scent.

The dog scented a rabbit.

She scented the air with perfume.

The dogs picked up the scent.

Our oxen scented the water at a distance.

The ointment may be scented with any essential oil.

a yellow rose with a lovely scent

the sweet scent of ripe fruit

Honeysuckle and roses scented the air.

We scented danger and decided to leave.

The press had immediately scented a story.

The trade unions have scented victory.

The hound will scent; the wolf will prowl.

Phrasal verbs

scent out  — recognize or detect by or as if by smelling

Word forms

I/you/we/they: scent
he/she/it: scents
present participle: scenting
past tense: scented
past participle: scented
singular: scent
plural: scents
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