scent-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: cause to have an odor

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[agent] SCENT NP2[destination] (PP[theme]) NP1[theme] SCENT NP2[destination]

The French, as one would imagine, were the first to scent soap.
They aim to neutralize bad odors whilst scenting the home.
This 1/4oz. bottle of pleasing aromatic oil is scented with frankincense and myrrh.
We scented the room with a wood-burning fragrance.
His perfume scented the streets he walked through.

VerbNet: butter-9.9
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: scent.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3

Sense Number 2: catch the scent of

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[experiencer] SCENT NP2[stimulus] NP1[agent[animate]] SCENT (NP2[theme]) NP1[agent[animate]] SCENT NP2[location] (PP[theme])

The two dogs leaned against their harness, scenting.
He stood there like a stag scenting danger.
Minton leaned forward, suddenly alert as a terrier scenting its prey.
Suddenly the sniffing hound scented the scarce forsaken trail.
The hell hound scented the air.
One animal stepped out and scented the air for the strange smell of the new buffalo.

VerbNet: sight-30.2,stalk-35.3
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: scent.02,scent.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
scent_out 1

Sense Number 3: find by following the scent of

Commentary: Notes: may be used metaphorically. Syntax includes: NP1[agent[animate]] SCENT NP2[theme]

A rat has scented out my traveling-biscuits.
How they had scented out the matchmaking, God knows.
You talked of the raven that scented out the slaughter from afar.
They had scented out the story of the village and the jewels.
Perhaps Kate Hudson scented out that it was not the Burger King cologne Lance was wearing.
He is a learned metaphysician, who scents out how causes proceed.

VerbNet: sight-30.2,stalk-35.3,discover-84
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: scent.03
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
scent_out 1