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scent (v.)

late 14c., sent "to find the scent of," from Old French sentir "to feel, smell, touch, taste; realize, perceive; make love to," from Latin sentire " to feel, perceive, sense, discern, hear, see" (see sense (n.)).

Originally a hunting term. The -c- appeared 17c., perhaps by influence of ascent, descent, etc., or by influence of science. This was a tendency in early Modern English, also in scythe and for a time threatening to make scite and scituate. Figurative use from 1550s. Transitive sense "impregnate with an odor, perfume" is from 1690s. Related: Scented; scenting.

scent (n.)

late 14c., "scent, smell, what can be smelled" (as a means of pursuit by a hound), from scent (v.). Almost always applied to agreeable odors.

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Definitions of scent from WordNet
1
scent (v.)
cause to smell or be smelly;
Synonyms: odorize / odourise
scent (v.)
catch the scent of; get wind of;
Synonyms: nose / wind
scent (v.)
apply perfume to;
Synonyms: perfume
2
scent (n.)
a distinctive odor that is pleasant;
Synonyms: aroma / fragrance / perfume
scent (n.)
an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be traced;
scent (n.)
any property detected by the olfactory system;
Synonyms: olfactory property / smell / aroma / odor / odour
From wordnet.princeton.edu