smell1 W3S2 [smel] n
the quality that people and animals recognize by using their nose
smell of
The air was filled with the smell of flowers.
sweet/delicious smell
There's a delicious smell coming from the kitchen.
unpleasant/bad/acrid smell
the acrid smell of smoke
strong/pungent smell
a pungent smell of garlic
an unpleasant smell
I think the smell's getting worse.
3.) [U]
the ability to notice or recognize smells
loss of taste and smell
Dogs have a very good sense of smell .
4.) [C usually singular]
an act of smelling something
Have a smell of this cheese; does it seem all right?
good smell: aroma, perfume, fragrance, scent
bad smell: stink, stench, odour (BrE) odor (AmE), whiff, pong (BrE)
smell 2
smell2 W3S2 v past tense and past participle smelled especially AmE or smelt [smelt] BrE
1¦(notice a smell)¦
2¦(have a smell)¦
3¦(have a bad smell)¦
4¦(put your nose near something)¦
5¦(have ability)¦
6 smell trouble/danger etc
7 smell a rat
8 smell wrong/fishy/odd etc
Phrasal verbs
 smell somebody/something<=>out
1.) ¦(NOTICE A SMELL)¦ [T not in progressive]
to notice or recognize a particular smell
I can smell burning.
Can you smell something?
2.) ¦(HAVE A SMELL)¦ [linking verb]
to have a particular smell
smell adj
The stew smelled delicious .
Mm! Something smells good !
smell like
It smells like rotten eggs.
smell of BrE
My clothes smelt of smoke.
sweet-smelling/foul-smelling etc
sweet-smelling flowers
3.) ¦(HAVE A BAD SMELL)¦ [I not in progressive]
to have an unpleasant smell
Your feet smell!
The room smelled to high heaven (=had a very bad smell) .
to put your nose near something in order to discover what kind of smell it has
= ↑sniff
She bent down and smelt the flowers.
to have the ability to notice and recognize smells
I've got a cold and I can't smell.
6.) smell trouble/danger etc
to feel that something is going to happen, especially something bad
Miller had smelled trouble the moment she said who she was.
7.) smell a rat [i]informal
to guess that something wrong or dishonest is happening
8.) smell wrong/fishy/odd etc informal
to seem dishonest or untrue
The whole thing is beginning to smell fishy to me.
come up/out smelling of roses atrose1 (6)
smell out [smell sb/sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to find something by smelling
= ↑sniff out
They use dogs trained to smell out explosives.
2.) informal to find or recognize something because you have a natural ability to do this
= ↑sniff out
They'll be able to smell out any corruption.
You can say that something smells good, bad, strange etc.
!! Use an adjective, never an adverb : You smell wonderful (NOT wonderfully) - what perfume is that?
In British English, you can use smell with of to say what something smells like : Her jacket smelled of smoke (NOT smelled smoke).
If you say that something or someone smells , you mean they have a bad smell : Your socks smell.
If you can smell something or you smell something, you notice its smell : I can smell coffee. | We smelled smoke.
!! You do not say 'feel a smell'.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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