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smells

verb
present tense third-person singular of smell

Synonyms & Antonyms of smells

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to become aware of by means of the sense organs in the nose
  • we smelled the aroma of freshly baked cookies as soon as we walked in the house

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3 to be objectionable or unsatisfactory
  • that movie smells—I wouldn't waste my money on it if I were you

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  • bites
  • [informal + sometimes impolite],
  • stinks,
  • sucks
  • [informal + sometimes impolite]

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smells

noun
plural of smell

Synonyms & Antonyms of smells (Entry 2 of 2)

1 the quality of a thing that makes it perceptible to the sense organs in the nose
  • the smell of vanilla is supposed to be very soothing

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2 a very small amount
  • the pie has barely a smell of ginger, but lots of cinnamon

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3 a special quality or impression associated with something
  • a law firm with a mahogany-lined boardroom that has the discernible smell of money and power

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“Smells.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/smells. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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