Definition of taste in English:

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Pronunciation: /tāst/


1The sensation of flavor perceived in the mouth and throat on contact with a substance: the wine had a fruity taste
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  • Three weeks later she complained of a metallic taste and a burning sensation in her mouth.
  • The taste explodes in your mouth.
  • Water supplies in a South Lakeland town are leaving an earthy taste in people's mouths following an outbreak of algae.
flavor, savor, relish, tang, smack
1.1The faculty of perceiving taste: birds do not have a highly developed sense of taste
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  • Sensory evaluation is analysis of product attributes perceived by the human senses of smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing.
  • Of the five senses - touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing - which one is most important to a naval aviator?
  • For no spirit could feel things if it were defined under our interpretation of senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight are under no part of the term spirit.
1.2A small portion of food or drink taken as a sample: try a taste of Gorgonzola
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  • In delicatessens, it is customary to offer sample tastes of foods as part of the exchange process.
  • She uses some of her class time to give students a taste of foods that they might not have tried before, such as avocado and feta.
  • We didn't order anything very typical but the unique Bulgarian dishes offered on the menu are suggested if you want to get a taste of the traditional foods.
mouthful, drop, bit, sip, nip, swallow, touch, soupçon, dash, modicum
1.3A brief experience of something, conveying its basic character: it was his first taste of serious action
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  • And the Elder said to him: You have had a brief taste of stillness and inner work, and have experienced the sweetness that comes from them.
  • I'll share some of that with you here, so that you may have a brief taste of my personal involvement with correspondents.
  • For the adventurous urbanite, how about experiencing a taste of farm life by visiting a working farm or ranch?
experience of/with, impression of;
exposure to, contact with, involvement with
2A person’s liking for particular flavors: this pudding is too sweet for my taste
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  • The chef has made it more sour and sweet to meet the taste of Southern people and the dish is actually fairly bland.
  • Some say this might weaken the brand power of Reeb, but Huang believes the new Reeb with four flavours may cater to the tastes of more Shanghai people.
  • I tried vanilla coke when it came out, and it was very tasty, but given my addiction to plain diet coke… it was a bit too sweet for my tastes.
palate, taste buds, appetite, stomach
2.1A person’s tendency to like and dislike certain things: he found the aggressive competitiveness of the profession was not to his taste
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  • The busy silence that occurred before the conductor returned to the stage - like the opening moments of Sgt Pepper's - was more to my taste.
  • My brother and I share the same taste in food, drink and humour but when it comes to cars we disagree.
  • Obviously, it depends on having a decent-sized sample of your musical tastes before it can make sensible recommendations.
liking, love, fondness, fancy, desire, preference, penchant, predilection, inclination, partiality;
hankering, appetite, hunger, thirst, relish
2.2 (taste for) A liking for or interest in (something): have you lost your taste for fancy restaurants?
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  • I kind of lost my taste for the X-Files when they started explaining everything.
  • It make me a little dizzy and a little sick and my taste for it just went away.
  • My Irish Terrier pup has also developed a taste for them so the competition is getting fierce.
2.3The ability to discern what is of good quality or of a high aesthetic standard: she has awful taste in literature
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  • The analysis appreciates Densher's exercise of good taste in his ability to feel Milly's pain and ultimately to repudiate her fortune.
  • That hardly any believers approach aesthetic taste in this way is in no small part the reason we are flailing about today in a culture of ugliness and death.
  • Are standards of taste in music, art, or entertainment being raised, maintained or debased?
judgment, discrimination, discernment, tastefulness, refinement, finesse, elegance, grace, style
2.4Conformity or failure to conform with generally held views concerning what is offensive or acceptable: that’s a joke in very bad taste
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  • What constitutes an infringement of privacy or bad taste or a failure to conform to proper standards of decency is very much a matter of personal judgment.
  • Generally, more than half of the complaints received by the ASAI concern alleged misleading advertising; only a third concern taste and decency.
  • On first encounter, this emblem seems to be in poor taste, even slightly offensive; one that familiarity tends to politely ignore.
decorum, propriety, etiquette, politeness, delicacy, nicety, sensitivity, discretion, tastefulness


[with object]
1Perceive or experience the flavor of: she had never tasted ice cream before
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  • Linus shall spend all day tasting different things that he didn't like when he was smoking.
  • It is not until you taste it that the difference becomes clear.
  • The first time I tasted these flavours I was in New York at a little Cuban café on Prince Street, and thought wow!
perceive, discern, make out, distinguish
1.1 [no object] Have a specified flavor: [with complement]: the spinach tastes delicious
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  • Sick of wines that tasted of artificial flavours and chemicals, he confided his frustration to his wife.
  • We foraged for the elusive baski, an absurdly delicious wild strawberry that tasted of cherry and blackcurrant too.
  • The lung was repellently spongy and tasted of bleach.
have a/the flavor of, savor of, smack of, be reminiscent of;
1.2Sample or test the flavor of (food or drink) by taking it into the mouth: the waiter poured some wine for him to taste
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  • Critics tasting these wines without food and in large groups often miss wines like these that do not hammer their palates into submission.
  • After our food writers and editors taste each dish, it's first come, first served for the rest of the staff, so it pays to hurry when you smell something good.
  • Then, Kaga and four judges taste the food and pronounce the winner.
sample, test, try, savor;
sip, sup
1.3Eat or drink a small portion of.
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  • To insure good luck in the coming year one must taste all courses, and there must also be an even number of people at the table to ensure good health.
  • Fruit and vegetables were then provided at lunch and school staff rewarded children for tasting them or for eating whole portions.
  • We couldn't have a Greek meal without tasting some baklava, so we ordered one portion to share.
consume, drink, partake of;
eat, devour
1.4Have experience of: the team has not yet tasted victory at home
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  • Before yesterday's match against Dundee, he was unbeaten in 11 outings, tasting victory in eight of them.
  • Nobody has been nominated more often without tasting victory.
  • Last year, in fact, only four Americans tasted victory.
experience, encounter, come face to face with, come up against, undergo;



a bad (or bitter) taste in someone's mouth

informal A feeling of distress or disgust following an experience: this incident has left a bad taste in all our mouths
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  • And, for those who still have a bitter taste in their mouth following The Tuxedo, this is Chan's chance for redemption.
  • The whole experience left a bitter taste in my mouth.
  • It was a good movie, but the whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth, because for the $15 I spent on that one flick, I could have rented three, and I already had the popcorn and soda at home.

taste blood

see blood.

to taste

In the amount needed to give a flavor pleasing to someone eating a dish: add salt and pepper to taste
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  • Once these are amalgamated, Parmesan cheese is added, and salt and pepper according to taste.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, stir well to blend and serve straight away.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, and if you have it, a little caramelised red onion marmalade will give a final kick.


Middle English (also in the sense 'touch'): from Old French tast (noun), taster (verb) 'touch, try, taste', perhaps based on a blend of Latin tangere 'to touch' and gustare 'to taste'.

  • When first found, the word taste also had the sense ‘touch’. The noun comes from Old French tast, the verb from Old French taster ‘touch, try, taste’. This may be a blend of Latin tangere ‘to touch’ and gustare ‘to taste’.

Words that rhyme with taste

barefaced, baste, boldfaced, chaste, haste, lambaste, paste, po-faced, red-faced, self-faced, shamefaced, smooth-faced, strait-laced, unplaced, untraced, waist, waste

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