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British English: /smɛl/
American English: /smɛl/

Translation of smell in Italian:


  • 3 (action) See examples:to have a smell of o at something
    odorare o annusare qualcosa

transitive verb pass., p.pass. smelled smelt (British English)

  • 1
    (notice, detect)
    sentire odore, profumo di
    (sniff deliberately) (person)
    I could smell alcohol on his breath
    sentivo che puzzava d'alcol
    I can smell burning I can smell lemons
    sento profumo di limoni

intransitive verb pass., p.pass. smelled smelt (British English)

  • 1
    (have odour)
    avere odore
    that smells nice, horrible
    ha un odore gradevole, terribile
    this gas doesn't smell
    questo gas non ha odore
    this flower doesn't smell
    questo fiore non profuma
    to smell of roses to smell of garlic
    puzzare d'aglio
    that smells like curry
    ha odore di curry
  • 2 [figurative]to smell of racism, corruption
    puzzare di razzismo, corruzione
    to smell of complacency
    sapere di compiacimento
  • 3 (have sense of smell)
    avere l'olfatto, sentire gli odori

Phrasal verbs

smell out:

smell [something] out, smell out [something] 1.1 (sniff out, discover)
(drugs, explosives)
1.2 [figurative] (person)
(plot, treachery, corruption)
(spy, traitor)
1.3 (cause to stink)
(room, house)

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