taste

verb
\ ˈtāst How to pronounce taste (audio) \
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, salty, or umami 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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Synonyms for taste

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Porsche told Car and Driver that the units should show up in dealerships this summer so Porsche enthusiasts on this side of the Atlantic will get a chance to taste the present in their vintage 911s. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Porsche Introduces Touchscreens, Apple CarPlay for 1960s-Era 911s," 23 Apr. 2020 The minimalist method involves taking the juice, fermenting dry, tasting it for quality, and packaging it. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "These dry ciders are made like wine and packaged like beer," 19 Apr. 2020 Set up a little wine-tasting zone in each and go vine-hopping/ globe-trotting. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "24 Fun Things to Do On a Rainy Day With Kids (Or By Yourself)," 3 Apr. 2020 The doctor had struggled to treat people with severe dehydration, especially children who spit up bad-tasting salty beverages. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Ladders, drones, and ATVS: Inside the San Antonio Border Security Expo," 13 Mar. 2020 Its fruit flavors include one that tastes like a Jolly Rancher, which would appeal to children. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Ladders, drones, and ATVS: Inside the San Antonio Border Security Expo," 13 Mar. 2020 Only those that actually tasted like tobacco would have been allowed. oregonlive, "Oregon flavored vape ban proposal dies," 13 Feb. 2020 There is an absolute embarrassment of beer riches here, and that includes lagers and pilsners and crushable milk stouts and porters that taste like anything from coffee to peanut butter to Neapolitan ice cream. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Here are 5 Michigan craft beers to crush at your Super Bowl party," 26 Jan. 2020 Kumail Nanjiani is surprised pizza still tastes really great. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Watch the glorious moment Kumail Nanjiani eats junk for the first time since getting ripped," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dutch-processed cocoa is treated with chemical alkalis to reduce that acidity and results in a toasty, nutty taste and much darker color. Los Angeles Times, "The science behind creating your perfect brownie," 10 May 2020 Be sure to include vivid language about smells, colors, tastes and feelings. Nicole Daniels, New York Times, "What’s the First Thing You Plan to Do After Quarantine?," 7 May 2020 Hold off on making important purchases, since good taste and lasting values may be in short supply at this time. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 30, 2020: Happy birthday Ana de Armas; Aquarius, keep better track of your money," 30 Apr. 2020 Ultimately, choosing the right app is a matter of taste and typically trial and error. Popular Science, "Now is the time to start tracking your food," 29 Apr. 2020 Ripe Texas strawberries give one a burst of fresh fruit, while the unique taste and aroma of elderflower liqueur liven up another. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Cinco de Mayo at home: Celebrate with 9 easy Mexican-inspired dishes and margaritas," 29 Apr. 2020 These dishes represent culture, taste and tradition. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "Rice around the world: Explore from your kitchen with tahdig, biryani, paella and more," 27 Apr. 2020 Those are smell, taste and touch, senses that had once been held in high esteem in the ancient and medieval worlds, but which lost their currency and became more associated with the animal senses. Mark M. Smith, The Conversation, "Welcome to your sensory revolution, thanks to the pandemic," 27 Apr. 2020 And our greatest value of the week is a yearly favorite rosé from Portugal, a winner for taste and value. Washington Post, "Chill this $10 rosé to sip as the weather warms," 3 Apr. 2020

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

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1 May 2020

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“Taste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taste. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for taste

taste

verb
How to pronounce taste (audio)

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 How to pronounce taste (audio) \
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 How to pronounce taste (audio) \
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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