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verb \ˈtāst\

Simple Definition of taste

  • : to have a particular taste

  • : to sense the flavor of (something that you are eating or drinking)

  • : to put a small amount of (food or drink) in your mouth in order to find out what its flavor is

Full Definition of taste


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become acquainted with by experience <has tasted the frustration of defeat>

  3. 2 :  to ascertain the flavor of by taking a little into the mouth

  4. 3 :  to eat or drink especially in small quantities

  5. 4 :  to perceive or recognize as if by the sense of taste

  6. 5 archaic :  appreciate, enjoy

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to eat or drink a little

  9. 2 :  to test the flavor of something by taking a small part into the mouth

  10. 3 :  to have perception, experience, or enjoyment :  partake —often used with of

  11. 4 :  to have a specific flavor <the apple tastes sour>

Examples of taste

  1. The pie tasted too sweet.

  2. The wine tastes like vinegar.

  3. She said there was garlic in the sauce, but I couldn't really taste it.

  4. Have you ever tasted anything so delicious?

  5. I tasted the tea and put more sugar in it.

  6. She offered to taste the wine.

  7. He tasted the tea to see if it was sweet enough.

  8. This is the first food I've tasted since yesterday.

  9. She talked about the day when she first tasted the joy of flying.

  10. He has tasted the frustration of defeat.

Origin of taste

Middle English, to touch, test, taste, from Anglo-French taster, from Vulgar Latin *taxitare, frequentative of Latin taxare to touch, feel — more at tax

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with taste




Simple Definition of taste

  • : the sweet, sour, bitter, or salty quality of a thing that you can sense when it is in your mouth : the flavor that you can taste when you eat or drink something

  • : the ability to notice or recognize flavors when you eat or drink : the ability to taste things

  • : a small amount of food or drink that you have in order to see how it tastes

Full Definition of taste

  1. 1 obsolete :  test

  2. 2a obsolete :  the act of tastingb :  a small amount tastedc :  a small amount :  bit; especially :  a sample of experience <her first taste of success>

  3. 3 :  the special sense that perceives and distinguishes the sweet, sour, bitter, or salty quality of a dissolved substance and is mediated by taste buds on the tongue

  4. 4 :  the objective sweet, sour, bitter, or salty quality of a dissolved substance as perceived by the sense of taste

  5. 5a :  a sensation obtained from a substance in the mouth that is typically produced by the stimulation of the sense of taste combined with those of touch and smell :  flavorb :  the distinctive quality of an experience <that gruesome scene left a bad taste in my mouth>

  6. 6 :  individual preference :  inclination

  7. 7a :  critical judgment, discernment, or appreciationb :  manner or aesthetic quality indicative of such discernment or appreciation

Examples of taste

  1. The wine had a slightly bitter taste.

  2. She likes the taste of apples and cinnamon.

  3. I detected a strong taste of ginger in the sauce.

  4. The illness affected her sense of taste.

14th Century

First Known Use of taste

14th century

TASTE Defined for Kids



verb \ˈtāst\

Definition of taste


  1. 1 :  to find out the flavor of something by taking a little into the mouth <He has never tasted mango.>

  2. 2 :  to have a certain flavor <The milk tastes sour.>

  3. 3 :  to recognize by the sense of taste <I can taste salt in the soup.>

  4. 4 :  to eat or drink usually in small amounts <May I taste your dessert?>

  5. 5 :  2experience <She has the opportunity to taste big city life.>

tast·er noun




Definition of taste

  1. 1 :  the sense by which sweet, sour, bitter, or salty flavors are detected through sense organs (taste buds) in the tongue

  2. 2 :  the quality of something recognized by the sense of taste or by this together with smell and touch :  flavor <The fruit had a bitter taste.>

  3. 3 :  a small amount tasted <Do you want a taste of the ice cream?>

  4. 4 :  a personal liking <My sister has very expensive tastes.>

  5. 5 :  the ability to choose and enjoy what is good or beautiful <He has good taste in clothes.>

  6. 6 :  a sample of what something is like <… give them a taste of what you can do and you're in, performing for the crowd … — Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust>

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February 11, 2016

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