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noun scent pronunciation in British English /sent/
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singularscent
pluralscents
  1. 1
    [countable] a particular smell, especially a pleasant one
    an apple with a rich flavour and scent
    The sweet fresh scent of newly baked bread filled the house.
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    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): Police tracker dogs 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.
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  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a liquid that people, especially women, put on their skin to make themselves smell nice
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  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] a series of facts and signs that help someone to discover something
    The police were following a false scent.
    the first scent of suspicion
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