smell - definition and synonyms


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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.

    smell of:

    There’s a delicious smell of fresh bread coming from the kitchen.

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    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.

  4.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    pass the smell test to be morally acceptable

    Robinson's removal as an independent investigator doesn't pass the smell test, and many believe it was done for political reasons.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 11/05/2017