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 For $125 per person, ticketholders can taste the gut-busting foods, meet the concessionaires, and hear in real time which finalists are crowned winners. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Check out the State Fair of Texas' 10 celebrity foods in the 2019 Big Tex Choice Awards," 14 Aug. 2019 That’s because on Saturday an intrepid group of food and drink judges tasted Creole tomato dishes and Bloody Marys to pick the best of the fest. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "How to taste Creole Tomato Festival winners on Day 2 of the fest," 9 June 2019 There will be a whisky tasting tent, a rugby tournament, Highland dancing competitions, Scottish history and genealogy tent, a falconry display, a dogs of Scotland area and a classic British car show. Annie Alleman, Elgin Courier-News, "Scottish Festival and Highland Games returns to Itasca," 3 June 2019 If the grapes that are full sized in the cluster are ripening OK and taste sweet, your clusters had a problem with pollination. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: 'Why am I seeing uneven ripening on grape plants?’," 15 Sep. 2019 No more plastic molds that limit you to making one or two at a time—and which often have an ugly seam down the middle—or DIY balloon molds that end up tasting kind of funny (balloons are usually made of rubber or latex, after all). Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This LG Freezer Makes the Most Perfect Ice Spheres You've Ever Seen," 13 Sep. 2019 Sip on a glass of wine and taste small plates, cheese or chocolate that are paired with each wine on the menu. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Pizza, poke and steak: These 12 restaurants opened in metro Phoenix in August," 2 Sep. 2019 And vodka, which is distilled to not really taste like anything at all. Ross Mccammon, Popular Mechanics, "Why Craft Rum Is Getting Weird," 31 Aug. 2019 Bleidorn offers two tasting menus: (Discovery, only Tues-Thurs) and Journey (every night of service) and a pastry program brimming with micro-seasonal fruit. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "5 best San Francisco restaurants near the big theaters," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Breeding traditions in both countries reflected national differences of taste — differences that, at least on the American side, are now converging. Boston.com Real Estate, "30 years of Russian influence … on our tomatoes," 11 Sep. 2019 Thanks to showmanship and an instinct for popular taste, the operation expanded. The Economist, "The Jewish immigrants who changed British diets," 29 Aug. 2019 Luckily, Selena has excellent taste in footwear, as proved time and time again with her partnership with Puma. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Stars in the New Puma Campaign for the Brand’s Latest Cali Remix Drop," 5 Aug. 2019 And here’s a little taste, courtesy of Netflix: Netflix How time flies. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, July 26 Edition," 26 July 2019 This is pretty much what Nashville hot chicken tastes like, though. Sheila Marikar, The New Yorker, "What’s in a Woke McRib?," 15 July 2019 One can have serious taste and not take themselves too seriously after all. Vogue, "At Last Night’s Moda Operandi Cocktail Party, Lauren Santo Domingo Was—Once Again—the Ultimate Hostess," 6 Sep. 2019 McKay had a rough first taste of the majors (5.55 ERA in eight starts) but did strike out 41 in 35 ⅔ big-league innings. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Vote: Who is USA TODAY Sports' 2019 Minor League Player of the Year?," 28 Aug. 2019 These Nordic fellas seem to have a taste for the spectacular. SI.com, "Pukki Predecessors: Ranking 8 of the Greatest Nordic Players in Premier League History," 24 Aug. 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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31 Oct 2019

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

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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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