smell

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smell is part of the Basic English 850.

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
smell

Third-person singular
smells

Past tense
smelled

Past participle
smelled

Present participle
smelling

Plain form
smell

Third person singular
smells

Simple past
smelt

Past participle
smelt

Present participle
smelling

A nose that someone uses to smell things.
  1. If you smell something, you use the nose to sense it.
    She put her nose near the flowers and breathed in to smell them.
    She smelled the waste and felt sick.
  2. If something smells, it gently put a substance that people can smell into the air.
    The flowers smell very good.
    The waste smells bad.

Noun[change]

Singular
smell

Plural
smells

  1. The way a thing smells; the substance in the air that people can smell.
    The smell of the flowers is very good.