Smell - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |smel|  American pronunciation of the word smell
Brit.  |smɛl|  British pronunciation of the word smell
irregular verb:  p.t. — smelled or smelt  p.p. — smelled or smelt
- the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form (syn: odor, odour)
- any property detected by the olfactory system (syn: aroma, odor, odour, scent)
- the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people (syn: feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, spirit, tone)
- the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents
- the act of perceiving the odor of something (syn: smelling)
- inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
- emit an odor
- smell bad
- have an element suggestive (of something) (syn: reek, smack)
- become aware of not through the senses but instinctively (syn: sense, smell out)


She leaned over and smelled the flowers.

I have a cold right now so I can't smell.

I can't smell anything because I'm so stuffed up.

I could smell dinner cooking.

I think I smell gas.

This car smells like mold.

Can't you smell the profits?

Dogs have a keen sense of smell.

Add only a smell of garlic.

The sharks will smell blood.

I could smell alcohol on his breath.

He smelt danger.

His breath smelt of garlic.

The air was filled with the smell of flowers.

There's a delicious smell coming from the kitchen.

Phrasal verbs

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

Word forms

I/you/we/they: smell
he/she/it: smells
present participle: smelling
past tense: smelled or smelt
past participle: smelled or smelt
singular: smell
plural: smells
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