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

endure, experience, feel, have, know, pass, see, suffer, sustain, undergo, witness

Synonyms: Noun

flavor, savor (also savour)

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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 those who regularly drink Starbucks cold brew beverages topped with cold foam, the new Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew will taste familiar. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Here's what the new Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew really tastes like," 27 Aug. 2019 Buzz, however, started to ramp up as more people tasted it. cleveland.com, "I tasted Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich so you don’t have to (but you should)," 22 Aug. 2019 Perhaps a home cook or a restaurant somewhere made the best (fill in the blank) and, tasting it, you were taken by surprise. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Mixed Grill to Remember," 9 Aug. 2019 Food tastes better outside, and people are usually hungrier than usual from a day of activities. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Our Gear Guy's Foolproof Camp Kitchen Tips," 25 July 2019 Participants will see how to layer two versions of paella — one with meats and seafood, one with vegetables — and taste them. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cooking classes at Shully's in Thiensville tackle paella and brining," 22 July 2019 This salad tastes best when warm but is still great at room temperature or even cold. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "For a taste of the Mediterranean at home, try this vegan lentil salad recipe," 13 July 2019 Vloet also tastes a spoonful of Christensen's acai bowl for good measure, and her eyes light up in delight. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything Victoria's Secret Model Sanne Vloet Eats in a Day," 19 June 2019 Despite a smooth application, the tint tasted extremely gross and tingled my lips in a not-so-great way. Teen Vogue, "Five Teen Vogue Editors Tried Milk Makeup’s New Glow Oil — Here’s What We Thought," 17 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first official teaser dropped in July, opening with some good old-fashioned slapstick at this Hitler Youth camp to give us a taste of the overall tone of the film. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Taika Waititi plays imaginary Adolf Hitler for laughs in Jojo Rabbit trailer," 3 Sep. 2019 When fried to order at the restaurants, these actually taste like real chicken, and some sport a crisp crust. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "We ranked 26 fast-food fried-chicken sandwiches (including Popeye’s)," 20 Aug. 2019 Like that sandwich, to me, tastes like an idealized Alabama example of what barbecue is. John Hammontree | Jhammontree@al.com, al, "John T. Edge on what makes food ‘Southern’," 19 Aug. 2019 Brittainy Newman/The New York Times The purveyors of Strawberry Milk, Peach Madness and Froopy (tastes like Froot Loops) e-cigarette pods are having a very good year. Sheila Kaplan, New York Times, "‘Juul-alikes’ Are Filling Shelves With Sweet, Teen-Friendly Nicotine Flavors," 13 Aug. 2019 One intrepid camper Thursday asked what the fish smoothies taste like. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "There’s something fishy about the smoothies at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center," 1 Aug. 2019 Summer tastes like helichrysum, sunscreen, and warm asphalt. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Olimpia Zagnoli’s “A Taste of Summer”," 29 July 2019 The blueberry old-fashioned tastes like the greatest pop tart ever. The Economist, "How donuts fuelled the American Dream," 26 July 2019 They are loaded with beef, two types of cheese, chopped bell pepper, garlic and onions and taste just like the classic sandwich condensed into a link. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "8 great Texas-made sausages you should be cooking now," 15 July 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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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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