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noun scent pronunciation in American English /sent/ 
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singularscent
pluralscents
  1. 1
    [countable] a particular smell, especially a pleasant one

    an apple with a rich flavor and scent

    The sweet fresh scent of newly baked bread filled the house.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] the smell that an animal or person has, which some animals can follow
      pick up a scent (=start to follow a scent):

      The bloodhounds picked up the man's scent in the forest.

      be on the scent (=be following a smell):

      The dogs were soon on the fox's scent.

  2. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] a series of facts and signs that help someone discover something

    The police were following a false scent.

    the first scent of suspicion

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