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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: sentir 'to feel, smell', from Latin sentire 'to feel'


2 verb
scent2 [transitive]
1 to give a particular smell to something [↪ perfume]:
Honeysuckle and roses scented the air.
2 written to suddenly think that something is going to happen or exists:
We scented danger and decided to leave.
The press had immediately scented a story.
The trade unions have scented victory.
3HBA if an animal scents another animal or a person, it knows that they are near because it can smell them

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