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 So, for those who actually like to taste the coffee in their coffee, the apple crisp macchiato might be the perfect option for adding a hint of fall without going all in. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 Cold leftovers taste delightful at lunch with sliced ripe tomato. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2021 In this episode: Smoke breaks would taste a little different under a plan announced this year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — especially in Detroit. Detroit Free Press, 20 Aug. 2021 But that’s not all, because blueberries clearly taste amazing in way more than just desserts. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 6 Aug. 2021 Most Japanese whiskeys taste similar to those made in Ireland, Scotland or the United States. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 The fruit flavors taste fresh and real, blessedly devoid of the artificial-chemical notes that irk me in canned drinks like White Claw and Truly. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2021 In teams of two the chefs blindly taste a dish created by guest judge Gabriel Rucker and then try to re-create it in this new episode. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 Our favorite candy bars taste all the sweeter in the summer after time in the freezer. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 10 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Longhorns got a hearty taste of SEC speed and size, especially in the trenches. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Sep. 2021 Here’s a taste of what Saban said after arriving at 7 p.m. CT. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 9 Sep. 2021 Finding this bottle was a huge comfort to her, a taste of home, and her mother’s Vietnamese cooking. Eric Kim, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Those who want to dive deeper into the process can opt for the Founder's Lab Blending Experience, which allows participants to smell, taste, and savor single whiskey selections before crafting a unique, personalized blend to take home with them. Jessica Dupuy, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 Zest half of the lemon over the vegetables, if desired, and taste, seasoning with a pinch of salt. Beth Segal, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2021 Blend also has taste match scores that show you how your music listening preferences compare to those of your friends. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 1 Sep. 2021 How did this burrito taste like turkey and stuffing? Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2021 This gives the wine a very mineral-y taste (which, in non-wine-geek terms, basically translates to crisp, dry, and refreshing). Annie Daly, Marie Claire, 25 Aug. 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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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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