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taste

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verb \ ˈtāst \

Definition of taste

tasted; tasting
transitive verb
1 :to ascertain the flavor of by taking a little into the mouth
2 :to eat or drink especially in small quantities
3 :to perceive or recognize as if by the sense of taste
4 :to become acquainted with by experience
  • has tasted the frustration of defeat
5 archaic :appreciate, enjoy
intransitive verb
1 :to have a specific flavor
  • the apple tastes sour
2 :to eat or drink a little
3 :to test the flavor of something by taking a small part into the mouth
4 :to have perception, experience, or enjoyment :partake often used with of

Examples of taste in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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 2tax

taste Synonyms


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taste

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Definition of taste

1 :the objective sweet, sour, bitter, or salty quality of a dissolved substance as perceived by the sense of taste
2 a :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 :flavor
b :the distinctive quality of an experience
  • that gruesome scene left a bad taste in my mouth
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 a :a small amount tasted
b :a small amount :bit; especially :a sample of experience
  • her first taste of success
c obsolete :the act of tasting
5 :individual preference :inclination
6 a :critical judgment, discernment, or appreciation
b :manner or aesthetic quality indicative of such discernment or appreciation
7 obsolete :test

Examples of taste in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of taste from the Web

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First Known Use of taste

14th century

taste Synonyms


TASTE Defined for English Language Learners

taste

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Definition of taste for English Language Learners

  • : 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


taste

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Definition of taste for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TASTE Defined for Kids

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taste

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verb \ ˈtāst \

Definition of taste for Students

tasted; tasting
1 :to find out the flavor of something by taking a little into the mouth
  • He has never tasted mango.
2 :to have a certain flavor
  • The milk tastes sour.
3 :to recognize by the sense of taste
  • I can taste salt in the soup.
4 :to eat or drink usually in small amounts
  • May I taste your dessert?
5 :2experience
  • She has the opportunity to taste big city life.

taster

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taste

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Definition of taste for Students

1 :the sense by which sweet, sour, bitter, or salty flavors are detected through sense organs ( taste buds ) in the tongue
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 :a small amount tasted
  • Do you want a taste of the ice cream?
4 :a personal liking
  • My sister has very expensive tastes.
5 :the ability to choose and enjoy what is good or beautiful
  • He has good taste in clothes.
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

Medical Dictionary

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taste

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verb \ ˈtāst \

medical Definition of taste

tasted; tasting
transitive verb
:to ascertain the flavor of by taking a little into the mouth
intransitive verb
:to have a specific flavor
  • the milk tastes sour

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taste

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medical Definition of taste

1 :the one of the special senses that is concerned with distinguishing the sweet, sour, bitter, or salty quality of a dissolved substance and is mediated by taste buds on the tongue
2 :the objective sweet, sour, bitter, or salty quality of a dissolved substance as perceived by the sense of taste
3 :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 :flavor


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