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 Hungarians get to taste the winning cake during the Street of Hungarian Flavours, held in Budapest in the days before the St. Stephen's Day festivities. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Dramatic penguins, a miracle kidney match and a very delicious cake," 6 Dec. 2019 In a large bowl, whisk the white grape juice with simple syrup to taste. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Smoked Honey Yogurt with Whey Snow and White Grape Syrup," 4 Dec. 2019 Be sure to taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary and a few dashes of Tabasco sauce. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Turkey and mashed potatoes galore. So what do you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers?," 27 Nov. 2019 Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste, cook an additional 4 minutes. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Sardines are not gross: A message for National Sardines Day," 21 Nov. 2019 But Libby’s is the one that many people consider to be the gold standard for how pumpkin pie is supposed to taste. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "A Brief and Buttery History of Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe," 20 Nov. 2019 The ideal place to taste the wines of the Auvergne is Le Saint-Eutrope, an unassuming corner bistro in Clermont-Ferrand which opened in 2013 and was named the best bistro in France two years later by the Parisian dining bible Le Fooding. Stephen Heyman, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Road Trip Through Auvergne’s Natural Wineries and Charming Bistros," 11 Nov. 2019 When the mushrooms have finished roasting and cooled slightly, coarsely chop them and stir into the milk mixture, along with: 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves Season to taste with: Salt and black pepper Preheat the oven to 375°F. CBS News, "Recipe from "Joy of Cooking": Roasted Mushroom Lasagne," 7 Nov. 2019 The Recipe: Equal parts gin and brandy (1.5 ounces each) two parts (6 ounces) dry Vermouth with a dash of angostura bitters, soda water to taste, and a squeeze of lemon. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Try a 1920s Cocktail from the Real-Life Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle," 3 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here’s a roundup of classical holiday concerts in the greater Baltimore area that will satisfy a multitude of tastes, from traditional Christmas choral music to Irish folk tunes. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "Go beyond 'Deck the halls’ with this guide to classical holiday concerts in Baltimore," 26 Nov. 2019 Wright’s tiny homes, with their simple building materials, energy efficiency, and exquisite taste, at least suggest an alternative. Christopher Benfey, Harper's magazine, "Burning Down the House," 25 Nov. 2019 The slight charring intensifies flavor and heightens the sweetness of the vegetables, yielding a soup with a deep, rich taste. Addie Broyles, chicagotribune.com, "Cold front coming? Here are 6 soup recipes to keep you warm," 25 Nov. 2019 Turns out there's some money in all those smells and tastes, especially with the changing face of trucking, since nearly 19% of long-haul truck drivers in America are now immigrants. CBS News, "A taste of India on the interstate," 24 Nov. 2019 Ecliptic Brewing: Capella Porter Chocolate aroma and taste, a lightly roasted malt nuttiness, a hint of coffee and a touch of caramel define this delicious porter. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "I’ve visited 40 Portland breweries so far in 2019; here is my favorite beer from each," 22 Nov. 2019 For a less pronounced bourbon taste, use 1 tablespoon of bourbon and 1 tablespoon of water instead. BostonGlobe.com, "SUGAR COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING," 21 Nov. 2019 With 107 dishes representing at least seven culinary traditions, Conroy’s tastes like everything, and sometimes nothing in particular. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Conroy’s Bar & Grill gets a global buzz going at its Stone Oak restaurant," 21 Nov. 2019 Believe it: This dairy-free cashew queso actually tastes, smells, and looks just like the real, cheesy thing. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Vegan Queso," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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Last Updated

12 Dec 2019

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“Taste.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taste?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=taste001. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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