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
plural tastes

Definition of taste (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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
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.]
3a : 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 The same month, Singapore became the first country to approve the commercial sale of cultured meat—animal cells grown in a laboratory and designed to taste like the genuine article. Nathaniel Rich, WSJ, "Why the Planet Needs Cute Monsters," 30 Apr. 2021 The only exception to that flavor ban was cigarettes that taste like menthol. Colleen Murphy, Health.com, "Why The FDA Is Taking Steps to Ban Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars," 29 Apr. 2021 Do yourself a favor and get the maple pecan bars, which taste just like the pie but without the mess. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "The best farmers market food stalls, with insider tips, at four San Antonio-area markets: Alamo Heights, Huebner Oaks, New Braunfels and Pearl," 26 Apr. 2021 Greek yogurt bars that taste like cheesecake covered in chocolate. Claudia Alarcón, Forbes, "How Innovative Food Companies Are Meeting Demand For Healthier Choices Without Sacrificing Flavor," 5 Apr. 2021 In-the-know Bay Area locals were already aware that the region has a booming new bagel scene, but when the New York Times recently declared California bagels better than New York’s, interest has grown in what these local bagels taste like. Janelle Bitker, Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "13 Bay Area bagels that compete with the 'best' (Sorry, New York)," 12 Mar. 2021 Sweet, salty, crumbly-yet-smooth peanut butter balls dipped in dark chocolate, buckeyes are the retro, no-bake confections that taste like peanut butter cups and look like semi-nude chocolate truffles. Lisa Ruland, Bon Appétit, "If You Love Reese's, You'll Go Wild For Buckeyes," 12 Feb. 2021 My philosophy when drinking something nonalcoholic has always been to stick to drinks that aren’t trying to taste like alcohol. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Cocktails without alcohol are frequently mediocre. Here are some recipes that actually taste good," 19 Jan. 2021 Lightwell Survey is the brainchild of D.C. sommelier and restaurateur Sebastian Zutant and Early Mountain Vineyards winemaker Ben Jordan, who aim to challenge our preconceptions of what wine should taste like. Washington Post, "Wines from classic to creative for any Thanksgiving celebration," 13 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The oat milk adds a little more fat content to the recipe, giving the meatballs a much fuller taste. See the complete how-to video and check out prior ones below. Mike Rose, cleveland, "How to make vegan meatballs (video)," 3 May 2021 Apollo astronauts were the first to have hot water, which made rehydrating foods easier and improved the food's taste. Casey Barber, CNN, "Tang! The space-age drink that's still a worldwide staple," 1 May 2021 Thompson highlights the innate challenge of the whiskey world: distilling spirits that must adequately age to achieve distinct color and unique taste. Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, "Still waters," 1 May 2021 And no readers pulling up in their cars for a drink and a taste. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: No backyard lamb again this Easter, but something even better," 1 May 2021 Most common was a tie between fatigue (13.6%) and loss of sense of smell or taste (13.6%). Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here are the reasons Utahns aren’t getting the vaccine — but we’re here to help," 30 Apr. 2021 Allene Talmey’s influence may have gone deeper than lessons in high-end consumer taste and character counts. WSJ, "Where She Was From: The Collected Joan Didion," 30 Apr. 2021 My wrangled taste-testers agreed, and the skillet was scraped clean of gravy before dinner was over. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "I Tried Ree Drummond's Raved-About Salisbury Steak Recipe, And My Dad Wanted To Lick Up All the Gravy," 29 Apr. 2021 Bring on the spinach, uncut greens mixed with not too much Mornay sauce and Parmesan, meaning the spinach retains its texture and taste. Washington Post, "2021 Spring Dining Guide," 28 Apr. 2021

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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 4c

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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“Taste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taste. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 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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