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verb smell pronunciation in British English /smel/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesmelling
past tensesmelled or smelt
past participlesmelled or smelt
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  1. 1
    [linking verb] to have a particular smell
    This room smells a bit damp.
    a strong-smelling perfume
    This milk smells off (=no longer fresh).
    smell of: The laboratory smelled strongly of chemicals.
    smell like: It smells like a bar in here.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [intransitive] [never progressive] to have an unpleasant smell
      His feet really smell.
  2. 2
    [transitive] [never progressive] to notice or recognize the smell of something
    Sasha could smell the sweet aroma of warm chocolate.
    Do you smell gas?
  3. 3
    [transitive] to experience the smell of something by putting your nose close to it
    Come and smell these roses.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] [never progressive] to be able to experience the smell of things
    I can’t smell at all with this cold.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to feel that something is going to happen, usually something bad
    smell danger/trouble: I could just smell trouble in that club.
  6. 6
    [intransitive] to be illegal or dishonest
    I can’t put my finger on it, but something about this deal really smells.



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