oler
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oler(
oh
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lehr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to perceive the smell of)
a. to smell
Huelo el humo en la ropa de mi esposo cuando fuma.I smell the smoke on my husband's clothes when he smokes.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to have a scent)
a. to smell
Huele a gas en este cuarto.I can smell gas in this room.
Este jabón huele muy rico.This soap smells very nice.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to seem)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A mi papá le huele que el vecino se está robando sus periódicos.My father suspects that the neighbor is stealing his newspapers.
Este acuerdo me huele a corrupción.This agreement smacks of corruption.
olerse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to imagine to be true)
a. to suspect
Ya me olía que algo estaba mal.I suspected that something was wrong.
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oler
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to smell
desde aquí huelo el tabacoI can smell the cigarette smoke from here
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (despedir olor)
a. to smell
¡qué mal huele aquí!it smells awful here!
este guisado huele que alimentathis stew smells delicious
oler a rayosto stink (to high heaven)
3. (parecer)
a.
oler ato smack of
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (persona)
a.
olerse algoto sense something
ya me olía yo algo asíI suspected as much
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oler
transitive verb
1 (percibir por la nariz) to smell
me gusta oler las flores I like smelling the flowers
2 (sospechar) to suspect
ha olido lo que estás tramando he suspects what you're up to; he's smelt a rat (familiar)
3 (curiosear) to poke one's nose into (familiar)
siempre anda oliendo lo que hacen los demás he's always poking his nose into other people's affairs
intransitive verb
1 (despedir olor) to smell;a of, like
huele muy bien [+comida] it smells very good; [+flor, perfume] it smells very nice; huele fatal it smells foul; huele que apesta it stinks; ¡qué mal huelen estos zapatos! these shoes smell awful!; huele a humedad it smells of damp; huele a tabaco it smells of cigarette smoke; aquí huele a quemado there's a smell of burning in here; le huele el aliento his breath smells; te huelen los pies your feet smell; huele que alimenta (familiar) (muy bien) it smells heavenly; (muy mal) it smells foul; it stinks to high heaven (familiar)
2 (indicando desconfianza)
sus excusas me huelen a camelo his excuses sound a bit fishy to me (familiar)
oler a chamusquina: todo esto me huele a chamusquina the whole thing sounds fishy to me
pronominal verb
olerse (sospechar) to suspect
nadie se había olido nada nobody had suspected anything; se olía que no iban a venir he had the feeling o suspicion that they weren't going to come
me huelo que se ha enfadado con nosotras
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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Phrases with "oler"
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oler a chamusquina
to smell fishy
la parte del cuerpo que el conejo usa para oler
the body part that a rabbit uses to smell
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