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noun scent pronunciation in British English /sent/
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pluralscents
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  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.
    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.
  2. 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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