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 When Eusope tasted it, something shifted in her, deep down. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Azalina Eusope’s triumphant San Francisco restaurant is a tribute to mamak street food," 12 Mar. 2020 Season with pepper flakes, salt and black pepper to taste. 2. The View, ABC News, "Eat guilt-free thanks to these keto comfort food recipes," 6 Mar. 2020 Pineapple flavor can often taste artificial and overpowering, but it's dwarfed by matcha and evened out by the ginger to make for a very cool and refreshing drink. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Starbucks’ Spring Menu Is Here & These Iced Drinks Are The Best Part," 3 Mar. 2020 The last time Shevchenko tasted defeat was in a bantamweight title fight against current champ-champ Amanda Nunes. Danny Segura, MMA Junkie, "UFC 247 results: Valentina Shevchenko dominates Katlyn Chookagian to retain title," 9 Feb. 2020 The pizza tasted like rubber, the exterior was too hot and the inside was still cold. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "The best way to reheat pizza," 7 Feb. 2020 Visitors to Santorini can taste the story of the volcanoes: basalt, pumice, fir, smoke. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "For the Real Santorini, Visit During Off-Season," 15 Nov. 2019 Once a good portion of the gnocchi have risen to the surface of the water, fish one out and taste it. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Taking the gnocchi challenge," 1 Oct. 2019 For me, my whole childhood was full of stories of Iran: this magical, wonderful place where the food tasted so much better, where everything was so much better. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "“I Fail Almost Every Day”: An Interview with Samin Nosrat," 23 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Metro Times, an alt-weekly staple on Detroit's cultural scene for four decades, has endured myriad challenges through the years: recessions, shifting entertainment tastes, the digital revolution that transformed print media. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Times faces a Detroit with no events — and the advertising that promotes them," 18 Mar. 2020 Steinmetz uses malolactic fermentation, in which the tart apple taste (malic acid) is converted to softer tasting (lactic acid). Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dry hard ciders used to be the rage in Wisconsin. A new cider maker wants to bring that back," 17 Mar. 2020 In other hands, Cromwell’s narrative might feel like dusty, creaky history, but Mantel colors the books with the smells, tastes, textures, and tempers that make his universe come alive. Gillian Jacobs, Glamour, "Hilary Mantel Closes a Chapter," 10 Mar. 2020 Cinderella 1994 Amid turbulent tastes, sly ’80s rockers dig out their old AC/DC and Humble Pie LPs for inspiration. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "20 grunge-era songs to know by ’80s rock/metal acts," 5 Mar. 2020 Trader Joe's would cater to those with similar, sophisticated tastes who were also on a budget. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Trader Joe's founder Joe Coulombe, who started America's favorite grocery store, dies at 89," 1 Mar. 2020 This is something anyone with taste, discipline, and some pocket change can do. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Radical Italian Art Goes Over the Top, Dazzlingly, in Houston," 29 Feb. 2020 The ships, some custom-built for Chinese taste, docked full time in places like Shanghai and Beijing, taking tourists from mainland China and other countries in Asia mostly on short cruises around the region. oregonlive, "Amid coronavirus outbreak, cruise lines reposition ships, warn of losses, but analysts say China cruising is here to stay," 27 Feb. 2020 Although sharing many characteristics with Scotch, Japanese whiskey has come to be known for its consistency, clean taste, and thoughtful blending. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Japanese whiskey consumption in the US is exploding—and now Japanese gin and vodka, too," 26 Feb. 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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20 Mar 2020

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“Taste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taste. Accessed 28 Mar. 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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