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noun smell pronunciation in British English /smel/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the pleasant or unpleasant quality of something that you notice when you breathe in through your nose
    This paint gives off a very strong smell.
    unpleasant smells
    smell of: There’s a delicious smell of fresh bread coming from the kitchen.
    1. a.
      an unpleasant smell
      Whatever is that smell?
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    See also aroma
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the ability to notice or recognize smells
    Some experts can tell by smell alone what ingredients are in a dish.
    sense of smell: Dogs have an excellent sense of smell.
  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] an instance of smelling something
    Have a smell of this perfume.


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