taste

verb
\ˈtāst \
tasted; tasting

Definition of taste 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

noun

Definition of taste (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2a : 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

4a : 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

6a : critical judgment, discernment, or appreciation

b : manner or aesthetic quality indicative of such discernment or appreciation

7 obsolete : test

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When Turner left after the 2012 season to join Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland, Newton was a 23-year-old who’d thrown for nearly 8,000 yards his first two years but had not tasted a winning season. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Has Cam Newton changed? Panthers QBs coach returns to Charlotte to find he has," 26 June 2018 Season both sides of the scallops with salt, pepper and your favorite seafood seasoning, to taste. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "At Bonefish Grill, summer corn calls for scallops," 13 July 2018 Put the bread, peaches, and tomatoes into a bowl, add sea salt and pepper to taste, pesto, and toss. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "It's time to start cooking with summer’s tasty top prize — Texas peaches," 10 July 2018 The farm to table concept provides locals the opportunity to taste healthy dishes made from all Texas ingredients. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Herb & Beet provides quick service, healthy selections," 6 July 2018 Now, patrons are tasting his beers, made with hops and fruits grown on location. Wesley Case, baltimoresun.com, "Harford County beer: A tour of four breweries shaping the scene," 21 May 2018 The ones at David’s tasted richly, thickly of potato; the perfectly crisp, lightly seasoned exterior proved just as satisfying. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018 As for actual rosé, Eric Asimov tasted a bunch of American examples recently. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know about Mendocino wine," 12 July 2018 Using a fine grater, grate the yellow zest from 2 of the lemons (avoid the white pith or the mixture will taste bitter) into a small saucepan. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The concept of umami as the savory member of the five basic tastes — along with sweet, sour, bitter and salty — has gained a lot of attention in recent years. Chris Ross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Blender gazpacho has umami flavors," 9 July 2018 People first got a taste of the Macho Tacos ($11.25) at the Boise Farmers Market. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise’s trendy new taquerias redefine the taco – and diners get to taste the difference," 27 June 2018 Stankey got a taste of life under the microscope on Friday, during the third in a trio of town hall-style meetings held for employees of HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner, respectively. Joe Pompeo, The Hive, "“How’s He Gonna React When There’s a Scandal?”: CNN Begins Its New Day Under John Stankey," 26 June 2018 The idea of not being there, after a taste of the emotion international football can bring, is almost unquestionable. SI.com, "90min World Cup Fan Diaries: England's Start Shows Why Fans Religiously Follow Three Lions," 25 June 2018 Despite the apology, The Guardian pointed out that this is not the first time the Russian division of the chain has run a campaign in poor taste. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Burger King Thought It Was a Great Idea to Offer Free Whoppers to Women Who Get Impregnated by World Cup Players," 21 June 2018 On the surface, the meme is shocking and in poor taste. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How the “homophobic Millie Bobby Brown” meme made the actress quit Twitter.," 14 June 2018 The ribs were lightly glazed during the cooking process and a bit on the sweet candied side, but there’s no masking the pleasant pork taste of the meat that easily stripped from the bone. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: True Texas BBQ," 25 May 2018 The tendency toward artistic surprise on the one hand and a highly manipulative familiarity on the other came together and created the tastes and expectations of moviegoers for a generation. Stephen Metcalf, The New Yorker, "How Superheroes Made Movie Stars Expendable," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of taste

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7

History and Etymology for taste

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

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taste

verb

English Language Learners Definition of taste

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of taste (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
\ˈtāst \
tasted; tasting

Kids Definition of taste

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : experience entry 2 She has the opportunity to taste big city life.

Other Words from taste

taster noun

taste

noun

Kids Definition of taste (Entry 2 of 2)

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

taste

verb
\ˈtāst \
tasted; tasting

Medical Definition of taste 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

noun

Medical Definition of taste (Entry 2 of 2)

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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