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1 a sweet or pleasant smell
  • the delightful scent of her perfume

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2 the quality of a thing that makes it perceptible to the sense organs in the nose
  • dogs are able to detect scents that are far below the threshold detectable by the human nose

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1 to fill or infuse with a pleasant odor or odor-releasing substance
  • fancy bars of soap scented with lavender

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2 to become aware of by means of the sense organs in the nose
  • the dog scented a rabbit and suddenly took off

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fragrance, perfume, scent, redolence mean a sweet or pleasant odor. fragrance suggests the odors of flowers or other growing things. the fragrance of pine perfume may suggest a stronger or heavier odor. the perfume of lilacs scent is very close to perfume but of wider application because more neutral in connotation. scent-free soaps redolence implies a mixture of fragrant or pungent odors. the redolence of a forest after a rain

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The first known use of scent was in the 15th century

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“Scent.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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