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 Now, Spicer said, certain foods and drinks smell and taste bad. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Loss of smell and taste can linger after Covid or come back different," 6 Jan. 2021 The Jaguars opened 2020 with a 27-20 win over their division-rival Indianapolis Colts but would not taste victory again. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Jacksonville Jaguars, who have No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, fire coach Doug Marrone," 4 Jan. 2021 In working with patients who have caught it, Pottinger said that a sometimes long-lasting side effect of the viral infection is anosmia, or losing the sense of smell, which impacts the ability to taste as well. Starre Vartan, CNN, "Why picking your nose isn't just gross — it's dangerous in the time of coronavirus," 28 Dec. 2020 Whole Foods Market and Instacart trend experts explain that this could be a way for home cooks to ensure their basics don't taste boring. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Food Trends You’ll See (and Taste) Everywhere in 2021," 21 Dec. 2020 Just can’t smell or taste anything which was my clue to go get a test. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt says he tested positive for COVID-19, will miss a few ‘SportsCenter’ episodes," 17 Dec. 2020 Some patients may have a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, a recent loss of the ability to taste or smell, a sore throat, diarrhea, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio reports 390 new coronavirus cases, six more deaths," 13 Nov. 2020 Part of what may make the octopus’ ability to taste its environment with its arms so useful is that not all chemicals dissolve well in seawater. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Octopuses Taste Food With Special Cells in Their Suckers," 2 Nov. 2020 Combine 4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup sour cream, 3 ounces buttermilk, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 clove mashed garlic, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper, to taste, in blender and process till smooth. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Rancho Loma expands: How a self-taught chef is building a low-key restaurant empire in West Texas," 21 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tretter has been in touch with Bitonio, the team's longest tenured player, who has been through years of losing only to have his first taste of the playoffs end abruptly. Tom Withers, ajc, "Cleveland rocked: Browns lose Stefanski vs Steelers to virus," 5 Jan. 2021 Evan Mobley kept waiting and waiting for an opportunity to assert his dominance in his first taste of Pac-12 play. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Evan Mobley and USC let Pac-12 opener slip away in loss to Colorado," 31 Dec. 2020 Our first taste of the second-generation Audi supercar was back in 2017. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Audi R8 V10 performance: They won’t make them like this much longer," 15 Dec. 2020 Texas will get its first taste of life after Sam Ehlinger soon enough. Dallas News, "3 reasons why Texas could be better in 2021: Longhorns return fierce run game," 14 Dec. 2020 Our first taste of Streep singing on screen was in this Oscar-winning masterpiece about the horrors of the Vietnam War. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Ranked! Meryl Streep's best singing moments in movies, including 'The Prom'," 14 Dec. 2020 While attending Emory & Henry College, Atkins gained her first taste of political organizing and connecting people to government services. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toni Atkins: A fierce advocate for equality," 13 Dec. 2020 Westerners who chronicle their first taste of fugu tend to have a similar reaction, dismissing it as bland. New York Times, "The Appealing and Potentially Lethal Delicacy That Is Fugu," 4 Dec. 2020 But ready or not, South Florida is about experience its first real taste of fall. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, "Get ready for a taste of winter — South Florida style," 27 Nov. 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 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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Taste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taste. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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