taste

1 of 2

verb

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

taste

2 of 2

noun

plural tastes
1
a
: the special sense that perceives and distinguishes the sweet, sour, bitter, salty, or umami quality of a dissolved substance and is mediated by taste buds on the tongue
b
: the objective sweet, sour, bitter, salty, or umami quality of a dissolved substance as perceived by the sense of taste
c
: 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
2
: the distinctive quality of an experience
The way we were treated left a bad taste in my mouth [=made me feel disgusted, bitter, etc.]
3
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
4
: individual preference : inclination
5
a
: critical judgment, discernment, or appreciation
b
: manner or aesthetic quality indicative of such discernment or appreciation
6
obsolete : test

Examples of taste in a Sentence

Verb The pie tasted too sweet. The wine tastes like vinegar. She said there was garlic in the sauce, but I couldn't really taste it. Have you ever tasted anything so delicious? I tasted the tea and put more sugar in it. She offered to taste the wine. He tasted the tea to see if it was sweet enough. This is the first food I've tasted since yesterday. She talked about the day when she first tasted the joy of flying. He has tasted the frustration of defeat. Noun The wine had a slightly bitter taste. She likes the taste of apples and cinnamon. I detected a strong taste of ginger in the sauce. The illness affected her sense of taste. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The pair also plan to open a currently unnamed Thai izakaya in Melrose Hill, which might also offer a tasting menu, currently targeted for a 2025 debut. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2024 Light and airy Peach Buttercream tastes divine with rich, deep flavors like in our Brown Sugar Layer Cake With Peach Buttercream. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 22 Feb. 2024 Avocado tastes great with just about everything, from breakfast to dinner (and even with dessert!). Audrey Bruno, SELF, 21 Feb. 2024 Nine best fancy restaurants:with tasting menus in metro Phoenix Arizona once again has 12 chefs, restaurateurs and a bar in the running for James Beard Awards, including Best Chef — Southwest, Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker and Outstanding Restaurateur. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 20 Feb. 2024 During the day take a dip at Barton Springs or shop the eclectic mix of boutiques on South Congress, then treat the girls to a tasting menu at Pasta Bar or host Sushi by Scratch Restaurants’ Omakase at Home at your Airbnb. Juliet Izon, Glamour, 20 Feb. 2024 Next month or early April, Seven Reasons plans to offer twice-monthly, 22-course chef’s tasting menus in a private room, Useche says. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024 Some netizens describe the coffee tasted a bit… pic.twitter.com/XIsNF0uhst — ShanghaiEye🚀official (@ShanghaiEye) February 20, 2024 Starbucks has just under 800 locations in China and is continuing its expansion in that country. Chris Morris, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2024 Overton has tasted and approved every one of the menu’s more than 250 items, which despite the factory in its name, the company likes to emphasize are prepared from scratch on site or at the company’s two bakeries. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 20 Feb. 2024
Noun
People and businesses often have to make decisions beyond their personal tastes because there are so many options. Brianna Kamienski, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Vinyl destination:Where to buy records in Louisville for music fans of all tastes When will the RSD special releases be available to order online? Katie Wiseman, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 From tangy marinades to savory glazes, these signature sauces elevate the dining experience, proving that healthy eating need not compromise on taste. Kyle Russell, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 There is, now and then, a clear accounting for taste. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2024 For a taste of what’s to come, order the tasting menu, seven experimental courses that may end up on the next iteration of the frequently changing menu. Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024 Tuck into the mushroom tart, a taste of the forest atop fine pastry, or grilled skin-on trout, propped up by a field of creamy and meaty Sea Island red peas. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024 Filming for blind auditions begin in less than two weeks, per the show’s official website, and Rimes is already getting a taste of life Down Under with her husband. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 As mainstream tastes shifted, so did the label, signing such acts as Avenged Sevenfold, All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, Yellowcard, New Found Glory, Neck Deep, The Wonder Years and illuminati hotties. Paul Grein, Billboard, 14 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, to touch, test, taste, from Anglo-French taster, from Vulgar Latin *taxitare, frequentative of Latin taxare to touch, feel — more at tax entry 2

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4c

Time Traveler
The first known use of taste was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near taste

Cite this Entry

“Taste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taste. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

taste

1 of 2 verb
tasted; tasting
1
: experience entry 2, undergo
taste the joy of flying
2
: to test the flavor of something by taking a little into the mouth
3
: to eat or drink especially in small quantities
4
: to recognize by or as if by the sense of taste
can taste the onion in it
5
: to have a specific flavor
this milk tastes sour

taste

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: a small amount tasted
b
: a small sample of experience
her first taste of success
2
: the sense that recognizes and tells apart the sweet, sour, bitter, or salty quality of a dissolved substance and is controlled by taste buds on the tongue
3
a
: the quality of a dissolved substance that can be identified by the sense of taste
b
: a sensation obtained from a substance in the mouth that is usually produced by the sense of taste in combination with those of touch and smell : flavor
4
: a personal liking
had expensive tastes
5
a
: the ability to choose and enjoy what is good and beautiful
a person of taste
b
: aesthetic quality : style
in bad taste

Medical Definition

taste

1 of 2 verb
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

taste

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