What is the difference between Smell and Perceive?

The difference between smell and perceive

is that "smell" is a sensation, pleasant or unpleasant, detected by inhaling air carrying airborne molecules of a substance and "perceive" is to become aware of, through the physical senses or by thinking; to see; to understand.

smell

perceive

Noun

  • A sensation, pleasant or unpleasant, detected by inhaling air (or, the case of water-breathing animals, water) carrying airborne molecules of a substance.
  • (physiology) The sense that detects odours.
  • A conclusion or intuition that a situation is wrong, more complex than it seems, or otherwise inappropriate.

Synonyms

  • (sensation): smell(pleasant): aroma, fragrance, odor/odour, scent; aroma(unpleasant): niff (informal), pong (informal), reek, stench, stink; stench
  • (pleasant): aroma, fragrance, odor/odour, scent; aroma
  • (unpleasant): niff (informal), pong (informal), reek, stench, stink; stench
  • (sense): olfaction (in technical use), sense of smell

Hyponyms

  • bad smell
  • code smell
  • good smell

Exemple

  • I love the smell of fresh bread.
  • The penetrating smell of cabbage reached the nose of Toad as he lay prostrate in his misery on the floor, and gave him the idea for a moment that perhaps life was not such a blank and desperate thing as he had imagined. But still he wailed, and kicked with his legs, and refused to be comforted. So the wise girl retired for the time, but, of course, a good deal of the smell of hot cabbage remained behind, as it will do, and Toad, between his sobs, sniffed and reflected, and gradually began to think new and inspiring thoughts: of chivalry, and poetry…
  • “I’m just saying, this has a bad smell to it."

Verb

  • (transitive) To sense a smell or smells.
  • (intransitive) Followed by like or of if descriptive: to have a particular smell, whether good or bad.
  • (intransitive, without a modifier) To smell bad; to stink.
  • (intransitive, figurative) To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savour.
  • (obsolete) To exercise sagacity.
  • To detect or perceive; often with out.
  • (obsolete) To give heed to.

Exemple

  • Synonyms: detect, sense
  • I can smell fresh bread.
  • Smell the milk and tell me whether it’s gone off.
  • Synonyms: pong , reek, stink, whiff
  • The roses smell lovely.
  • Her feet smell of cheese.
  • The drunkard smelt like a brewery.
  • Philander went into the next room[…]and came back with a salt mackerel[…]. Next he put the mackerel in a fry-pan, and the shanty began to smell like a Banks boat just in from a v’yage.
  • Ew, this stuff smells.
  • A report smells of calumny.
  • Praises in an enemy are superfluous, or smell of craft.
  • I smell a device.
  • From that time forward I began to smell the Word of God, and forsook the school doctors.

Verb

  • (transitive) To become aware of, through the physical senses or by thinking; to see; to understand.

Synonyms

  • ken

Related terms

  • perception
  • percept

Examples

  • Numerous experimental tests and other observations have been offered in favor of animal mind reading, and although many scientists are skeptical, others assert that humans are not the only species capable of representing what others do and don’t perceive and know.