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English noun: smell

1. smell (cognition) the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form


SamplesShe loved the smell of roses.


Synonymsodor, odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation


Broader (hypernym)aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression


Narrower (hyponym)acridity, aroma, fetor, foetor, fragrance, malodor, malodour, mephitis, perfume, reek, scent, scent, stench, stink

2. smell (attribute) any property detected by the olfactory system


Synonymsaroma, odor, odour, olfactory property, scent


Broader (hypernym)property


Narrower (hyponym)bouquet, fetidness, foulness, fragrance, fragrancy, malodorousness, muskiness, rancidness, rankness, redolence, stinkiness, sweetness


Attributeinodorous, odorless, odorous, odourless

3. smell (state) the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people


SamplesThe feel of the city excited him.
A clergyman improved the tone of the meeting.
It had the smell of treason.


Synonymsfeel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, spirit, tone


Broader (hypernym)ambiance, ambience, atmosphere


Narrower (hyponym)Hollywood, Zeitgeist

4. smell (cognition) the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents


Synonymsolfaction, olfactory modality, sense of smell


Broader (hypernym)exteroception, modality, sense modality, sensory system


Narrower (hyponym)nose

5. smell (act) the act of perceiving the odor of something


Synonymssmelling


Broader (hypernym)perception, sensing


Narrower (hyponym)sniff, snuff


English verb: smell

1. smell (perception) inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense


ExamplesThe customs agents smell the bags for drugs


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive


Narrower (hyponym)get a noseful, get a whiff, nose, scent, sniff, snuff, snuffle, whiff, wind

2. smell (perception) emit an odor


SamplesThe soup smells good.


ExamplesThe food does smell good


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective


Broader (hypernym)cause to be perceived


Narrower (hyponym)smell

3. smell (perception) smell bad


SamplesHe rarely washes, and he smells.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)smell


Narrower (hyponym)reek, salute, stink

4. smell (perception) have an element suggestive (of something)


SamplesHis speeches smacked of racism.
This passage smells of plagiarism.


Synonymsreek, smack


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)evoke, paint a picture, suggest

5. smell (cognition) become aware of not through the senses but instinctively


SamplesI sense his hostility.
I smell trouble.
Smell out corruption.


Synonymssense, smell out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)perceive









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