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 For Pitz, coffee, chocolate and red wine smell and taste awful. Stephanie Feuer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Covid-19 Patients Are Suffering From Distorted and Phantom Smells," 21 Sep. 2020 But plenty of people balked, citing that icky smell and/or taste. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Not a fan of funky papaya? Try it green with these recipes for National Papaya Month," 10 Sep. 2020 Expect to find a pretty significant difference in look and taste. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Here's Why Natural Wines Are Becoming So Trendy (And Where You Can Get Them)," 10 Sep. 2020 How to buy and drink shochu To get an idea of how a shochu will taste, first see what it's made from. TheWeek, "A beginner's guide to Japan's oldest spirit," 5 Sep. 2020 Cows get different diets in different parts of the country, so the meat at the grocery store can taste different on different days. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "How Minnesota's biggest beef producer is weathering the coronavirus," 30 Aug. 2020 This will form a flavorful crust so food won’t taste completely soft. Mercedes Cardona, Good Housekeeping, "Cooking Experts Breakdown Everything You Need to Know About Sous Vide," 10 Aug. 2020 Argarwal designed his cupcakes -- which come in chocolate, vanilla and red velvet -- to both taste and look beautiful, adorned with cookies and fruit and packaged by six or by a dozen in boxes wrapped with ribbons. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "'It's been really inspiring': 14-year-old cupcake baker funds 20,000 meals for Phoenix food bank," 5 Aug. 2020 Everyone knows the education that interests undergrads most is learning what makes one IPA better than another or finding the best cheap beer that doesn’t taste like sewer water. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Do you think it's great the Cincinnati Reds are trying?," 1 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Salmon snailfish have whisker-like pectoral fins below their mouths that are equipped with taste buds. New York Times, "Bringing the Ocean’s Midnight Zone Into the Light," 22 Sep. 2020 Daiginjo sake is more expensive and usually complex and light in taste. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "The best sake," 22 Sep. 2020 The content of a 15-inch color head up display can be tailored to suit the driver’s taste. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 GMC Yukon Denali SUV scales new heights of luxury," 21 Sep. 2020 Others felt the joke was in poor taste given the destruction California and the West have faced due to wildfires. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'Literal dumpster fire': Jennifer Aniston extinguishes fire at Emmys, ignites controversy," 21 Sep. 2020 How much taste transfers depends a lot on cooking times. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Chuck’s Food Shack: Binding agents for meat like mayonnaise, mustard and olive oil make seasonings stick, retain moisture," 21 Sep. 2020 The fruit’s taste is unique and intense; somewhere between a pear, a mango and a banana. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Northeast Ohio pawpaw orchard finds popularity this season," 21 Sep. 2020 Parosmia is most often an unpleasant smell, a distortion of an actual odor, making many foods smell and taste revolting. Stephanie Feuer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Covid-19 Patients Are Suffering From Distorted and Phantom Smells," 21 Sep. 2020 Eventually, the segment devolves into poor taste attacks that aren’t so much funny as jaw-dropping in their audacity. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Joe Arpaio was interviewed for Stephen Colbert's 'Tooning Out the News.' It was brutal," 19 Sep. 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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“Taste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taste. Accessed 1 Oct. 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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