Definition of taste in English:



  • 1The sensation of flavour perceived in the mouth and throat on contact with a substance.

    ‘the wine had a fruity taste’
    • ‘If the fumes were inhaled in sufficient quantities this could result in burning sensations in the back of the throat possibly characterised by a funny taste in the mouth.’
    • ‘Whisky was associated with a fiery taste and a burning sensation as it went down the gullet.’
    • ‘Dennis also uses melons to infuse tequila, though he usually adds a bit of triple sec to the resulting drink to make the taste a bit smoother.’
    • ‘The taste overwhelmed my mouth as if I had eaten poisonous chemicals.’
    • ‘How the brain perceives taste is a fascinating phenomenon, Barham added.’
    • ‘But the taste of that sauce lingered and I finished my water trying to get the taste out of my mouth.’
    • ‘Jen washed down the aspirin with the water, trying to get the taste out of her mouth.’
    • ‘The system is highly beneficial in the beer and soft drink industry where the taste of the product is highly influenced by the amount of bubbles within the container.’
    • ‘Three weeks later she complained of a metallic taste and a burning sensation in her mouth.’
    • ‘She tore off a piece of heavily buttered bread and popped it into her mouth, savoring the taste.’
    • ‘In food, it is used to provide a tangy taste by acidifying foods and drinks.’
    • ‘I find using carbonated water very helpful to rinse the glass and remove the taste from the mouth as well.’
    • ‘The taste explodes in your mouth.’
    • ‘I ate smaller and smaller mouthfuls, not because I was losing my appetite, but to extend the sensation of remarkable tastes.’
    • ‘Water supplies in a South Lakeland town are leaving an earthy taste in people's mouths following an outbreak of algae.’
    • ‘And like all exotic food, the taste of snake apparently resembles that of chicken.’
    • ‘It must be some puritan streak in me, but I find the detailed discussion of tastes and sensations nauseating and very distressing to read.’
    • ‘She sliced a custard pudding with a spoon, and popped it into her mouth, savoring the taste.’
    • ‘I love the sight, sound, taste, touch and smell of them.’
    • ‘I was transfixed by the sumptuous food, all new tastes and textures, sprinkled with this magical green stuff that was fresh, pungent and pokey all at the same time.’
    flavour, savour, relish, tang, smack
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The faculty of perceiving taste.
      ‘birds do not have a highly developed sense of taste’
      • ‘Of the five senses - touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing - which one is most important to a naval aviator?’
      • ‘Each plant within the garden has an element which enhances the five senses, i.e. taste, hear, smell, touch and sight.’
      • ‘It is through our senses - sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch - that we perceive the world around us.’
      • ‘So in addition to the usual five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell, the mental function is counted as the sixth.’
      • ‘I have a sense of vision, taste, hearing and smell.’
      • ‘It does not affect touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing.’
      • ‘Likewise, the quality of each sense perception is embodied as a sense consciousness - sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.’
      • ‘Other senses like touch, hearing, taste, smell and sight are derived from self-consciousness.’
      • ‘You are no doubt familiar with the five senses: sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste.’
      • ‘It claims to heighten the senses of taste, smell and touch by offering a dining experience in total darkness.’
      • ‘A nonspiritual person only lives by their five senses, touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing.’
      • ‘He relies first on smell, then on taste; his sense of touch comes last.’
      • ‘Sensory evaluation is analysis of product attributes perceived by the human senses of smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing.’
      • ‘To fully appreciate the complexity of wine, the senses of sight, smell, taste and even touch must be employed.’
      • ‘We perceive our environment via our senses of smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight.’
      • ‘The disease usually does not affect the senses - taste, touch, sight, smell, and hearing - or the mind.’
      • ‘External stimuli are received through the senses - touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bad breath and a decreasing sense of taste and smell are common consequences.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the senses of smell, taste, and touch have not been neglected.’
    2. 1.2A small portion of food or drink taken as a sample.
      ‘try a taste of cheese’
      • ‘She took the cup in her hands, brought it to her mouth and took a taste.’
      • ‘After having watched the play, the audience got a taste of Mysore special food.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Forget forthcoming food trends, a taste of the exotic is already on the menu - with no moonfish in sight.’
      • ‘Arven put the spoon in his mouth and took a taste.’
      • ‘Even if you are not a drinker, if you ever get the chance to sample a taste of Yellow, say at a formal event or special occasion, I suggest you do.’
      • ‘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.’
      mouthful, drop, bit, spoonful, sample, sip, nip, swallow, touch, sprinkle, trickle, soupçon
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    3. 1.3A brief experience of something, conveying its basic character.
      ‘it was his first taste of serious action’
      • ‘In the exhibition on Wednesday, November 24, the group aim to give those living in Sligo town and county a taste of German food, culture and history.’
      • ‘Herewith a brief taste of this fine book on the art of corrupting humans as described in the letters of a senior tempter to his nephew Wormwood.’
      • ‘While climbing Mount Everest might be out of the question, this camp will give aspiring mountaineers a taste of the climbing experience.’
      • ‘Tomlinson got to sample an early taste of Olympic glory on Wednesday night as West Van's Park Royal played host to the fifth annual North Shore Sport Awards.’
      • ‘If you want a taste of Goan food, music, and ambience, then Country Club on Mysore Road is the place for you.’
      • ‘The annual event, the biggest free occasion of its type in south-east England, brought families out into the summer sun to experience a taste of country life.’
      • ‘That was the verdict of children at a Whitefield primary school when they sampled a taste of the French way of life.’
      • ‘For 12 years, the Tooreen native was content to fly the high life and sample a taste of the glamour and glitz that the world had to offer.’
      • ‘He had a brief taste of this ill-rewarded toil as a teenager before being recruited to the Liga youth system as a 16-year-old.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So put your inhibitions behind you and allow yourself to sample a taste of something new!’
      • ‘And where better for the Brazilian-native to sample a taste of the Irish culture than in the heart of South Mayo.’
      • ‘For the adventurous urbanite, how about experiencing a taste of farm life by visiting a working farm or ranch?’
      • ‘Heritage Day gives us the opportunity to step back in time and sample a taste of life from the ‘good old days’.’
      • ‘Five members of Billericay Methodist Church had an unforgettable experience and a taste of African hospitality when they visited Mombasa in Kenya.’
      • ‘Pressley was pivotal in their return to the top division in 1996 and the following season helped United to a third-place finish and a brief taste of European football.’
      • ‘Like the London Marathon, it provides amateurs with a brief taste of just what it's like to participate in one of the world's great sporting events.’
      • ‘It successfully conveys a taste of the horror and the violence that characterised the Pinochet dictatorship.’
      • ‘I'll share some of that with you here, so that you may have a brief taste of my personal involvement with correspondents.’
      • ‘A brief taste of this issue can't do it justice: buy.’
      experience, impression, sample
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  • 2A person's liking for particular flavours.

    ‘this pudding is too sweet for my taste’
    • ‘It starts with dried whole peas and of course uses wasabi powder or paste, the amount of which can be adjusted to your taste.’
    • ‘Connie said the 11.6 fluid ounces of dark ale, bottled in 1977, is not much to her taste as she prefers a cold Fosters lager with a Bailey's Irish Cream chaser.’
    • ‘The pancakes were a bit too sweet for her tastes.’
    • ‘There is always homemade chocolate cake, which is rich and moist, albeit a little sweet for my taste.’
    • ‘Place on very hot griddle or frying pan and cook each side to your taste - rare, medium, well done.’
    • ‘The pudding was dark and rich, just to his taste.’
    • ‘Swapping one vegetarian sausage for one of mine, I can't say it was entirely to my taste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chef has made it more sour and sweet to meet the taste of Southern people and the dish is actually fairly bland.’
    • ‘Place the birds on a warm plate and bubble up the juice in the pan to reduce it, then season it to your taste.’
    • ‘The sauce with my duck was a little sweet for my taste, but I should have known that from the description of the dish as caramelised, so that is no criticism.’
    • ‘If you are tempted to try Benedictine after reading this but find it too sweet for your taste, mix it half-and-half with brandy.’
    • ‘Cook under a pre - heated grill for about 5 minutes on each side - or to your taste.’
    • ‘The easy answer is to grab a frozen pizza, which is just the thing, so long as polystyrene frisbees splattered in cheap tomato paste are to your taste.’
    • ‘Everyone should be able to find something which is to their taste on the menu, but it's not a menu where choices are made difficult by the appeal of the dishes.’
    • ‘Paan is a small packet made of a special leaf, wrapped around various ingredients - according to your taste - and chewed.’
    • ‘It was light and crunchy, if a little sweet for my taste, and a good way to finish.’
    • ‘It's yummy and satisfying, but a little too sweet for my tastes.’
    • ‘We loved the idea and we might actually have loved the salad had it not been for the fish which, to our taste, was not soaked for long enough.’
    • ‘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, sense of taste, taste buds, appetite, stomach
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    1. 2.1A person's tendency to like or be interested in something.
      ‘he found the aggressive competitiveness of the profession was not to his taste’
      ‘have you lost your taste for fancy restaurants?’
      • ‘Obviously, it depends on having a decent-sized sample of your musical tastes before it can make sensible recommendations.’
      • ‘Moreover, the Bullet, like the Harley Davidson, offers a lot of opportunities for the owner to customise it according to his personal tastes and preferences.’
      • ‘They are perfectly entitled to their tastes and certainly their experiences.’
      • ‘The ending's a little too sweet for my taste, there are oddities (filmed in summer, supposed to be Christmas) and the plot's conventional.’
      • ‘And they seemed to have similar tastes in food, music and movies as well.’
      • ‘Everyone is assumed to have a set of personal tastes and preferences.’
      • ‘But after that, a reader's reaction to a book becomes more subjective: it is mainly a matter of the reader's personal tastes and preferences.’
      • ‘Personal tastes and preferences that can take any form you two decide on.’
      • ‘He conveys these moral tastes to the reader less by means of argument than by ironic indirection or aesthetic intimation.’
      • ‘At the beginning of Darwinia there are perhaps too many characters introduced for my taste, but we soon settle down and concentrate mainly on the fate of Guilford Law.’
      • ‘There's a lot of comedy in Mallboy, and Giarrusso is certainly not above getting laughs out of the sheer awfulness of his characters' tastes and habits.’
      • ‘This is a world where lives, character, tastes, moral capacity, sexual preferences, etc., are more often than not dictated by genetic makeup.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can take either video version or either audio version and tailor your viewing experience to your own tastes.’
      • ‘Suppose further that moderate people adjust their tastes and preferences so that they have a reasonable chance of being satisfied with their share of social goods.’
      • ‘If, like me, you have found that movie just too lurid and sadistic for your taste, Sweet Charlotte will probably be more to your liking.’
      • ‘My brother and I share the same taste in food, drink and humour but when it comes to cars we disagree.’
      • ‘And this is a weird nostalgic experience through my musical tastes since about 1988, when I first bought a CD player.’
      • ‘She is a fair, sweet girl with simple tastes and needs.’
      • ‘The sharing aspect of it let you find others who had similar tastes and sample their collections, letting you find something new.’
      liking, love, fondness, fancy, desire, preference, penchant, predilection, inclination, partiality, leaning, bent, disposition, proneness
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  • 3[mass noun] The ability to discern what is of good quality or of a high aesthetic standard.

    ‘she has frightful taste in literature’
    • ‘The analysis appreciates Densher's exercise of good taste in his ability to feel Milly's pain and ultimately to repudiate her fortune.’
    • ‘Londonist is a major fan of Elbow so hopes their lead singer's taste in music matches their ability to write and sing brilliant songs.’
    • ‘Norwegians endeared themselves to me early with their amazingly eclectic taste in popular culture.’
    • ‘Their taste in literature he regarded as despicable.’
    • ‘I think if more people should pay attention to me and what I like because I obviously have refined taste in everything.’
    • ‘As for aesthetics, the Library Board is known for its bad taste in architecture.’
    • ‘In other words, the bosses all had exquisite taste in literature but none of them knew how to read a set of accounts.’
    • ‘In many cases, the owners have employed a great deal of skill and taste in maintaining their home.’
    • ‘We have much more refined taste in entertainment, like baiting the guy who's so drunk he's hitting on the beer vendor two rows over.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One would think that Vogue would embody the highest standards of aesthetic taste, no?’
    • ‘You should never apologise for your taste in music, literature, etc - no matter how dodgy!’
    • ‘He had exquisite taste in literature, but curiously enough these wonderful books didn't sell, and he was also short of capital.’
    • ‘Assuming you're more interested in serious thinking than his taste in hair styles and rock music, the proposals are not to be missed.’
    • ‘You could even argue that Europeans demonstrate better taste in American culture than Americans do.’
    • ‘Even their clothing style and taste in music is simpatico - they're both Goths.’
    • ‘I guess I could tell him he had good taste in literature.’
    • ‘Are standards of taste in music, art, or entertainment being raised, maintained or debased?’
    • ‘I suspect the band may have low standards for songwriting due to bad taste in music.’
    • ‘For those of you with the good taste, and common sense, to invest your time more productively, the premise is simple.’
    judgement, discrimination, discernment, tastefulness, cultivation, culture, refinement, polish, finesse, elegance, grace, style, stylishness
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    1. 3.1Conformity or failure to conform with generally held views concerning what is offensive or acceptable.
      ‘that's a joke in very bad taste’
      • ‘The webmaster reserves the right to delete, edit or alter user comments on the grounds of abuse, taste or decency.’
      • ‘Several newspapers last week displayed a lack of taste and discretion which was, frankly, ghoulish and surely contravened two clauses of the editors' code of practice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On first encounter, this emblem seems to be in poor taste, even slightly offensive; one that familiarity tends to politely ignore.’
      • ‘The mongrel horde of accepted taste will continually have different leaders as they nose in front of each other depending on our angle as listeners/viewers.’
      • ‘At the same time, the commission shies away from the more complex issue of taste and decency as it relates to discussion of socially divisive issues such as race, immigration and religion.’
      • ‘Entitled Kitsch Fáshion, it pushed the boundaries so far that, ironically, the story was pulled on grounds of taste.’
      • ‘We can only hope TV bosses would veto a general election campaign fronted by Ant and Dec on the grounds of taste.’
      • ‘But, the thermals are for the most part within the acceptable boundaries of good taste.’
      • ‘Do you claim responsibility for changing the boundaries of taste in film culture?’
      • ‘Sorry if I had to disqualify your entry for lack of taste or offensiveness in general.’
      • ‘It came to a decision on seven appeals in this quarter, five of which raised matters of fairness and accuracy and two of which concerned matters of taste and decency.’
      • ‘Of those stores who do not hire out Nazi costumes, Hazeldress, in Didsbury, refuses to do so on grounds of taste.’
      • ‘Generally, more than half of the complaints received by the ASAI concern alleged misleading advertising; only a third concern taste and decency.’
      • ‘But without a Christian or other religious culture I really can't see how you can object to Stu and Shell on grounds of anything but taste.’
      • ‘It simply reflects how narrow the accepted terrain of public discussion has become, at a time when ideas can be dismissed out-of-hand as being in bad taste or offensive.’
      • ‘His column about the murder was pulled by the Daily Telegraph this week on grounds of taste.’
      • ‘The play has already been banned in Nottingham on the grounds of taste.’
      • ‘In each case the rejected form is taken to embody that which is beyond the bounds or transgresses the limits of, variously, decency, acceptability, or good taste.’
      • ‘Hydrogen Guy was about to start reciting a poem on the Joys of Cured Meats, but Deuterium Boy pleaded with him not to on the grounds of good taste.’
      decorum, propriety, correctness, etiquette, politeness, tact, tactfulness, diplomacy, delicacy, nicety, sensitivity, discretion, tastefulness
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  • 1Perceive or experience the flavour of.

    ‘she had never tasted ice cream before’
    • ‘Linus shall spend all day tasting different things that he didn't like when he was smoking.’
    • ‘But the type of seafood used would have made no difference to the disappointment I felt when I tasted it.’
    • ‘I can still taste the burnt flavour of the samosas and the rubbery sandwiches.’
    • ‘You should sip it slowly so that you can taste the real flavour of the tea.’
    • ‘From having your passport checked, to spending your first Euro, to tasting paella, every fresh experience is an opportunity for learning.’
    • ‘The first time I tasted these flavours I was in New York at a little Cuban café on Prince Street, and thought wow!’
    • ‘It is not until you taste it that the difference becomes clear.’
    • ‘The magic of Sichuan cuisine is that you can taste the flavours even after your tongue has gone numb.’
    • ‘Mix it all together so that when you taste it, all the flavours burst’
    • ‘She's seen, caught, smelt and tasted millipedes before.’
    • ‘She had eaten so fast it didn't make any difference what she had, because she didn't taste it.’
    • ‘Even though my wine was watered down I could still taste its rich flavour.’
    • ‘In the evening father lit a fire and boiled water for the tea, with so unique a flavour that never since have I tasted anything like it.’
    • ‘Just taste one of these beauties.’
    • ‘We just don't believe anyone's palate can taste other flavours if too much chilli is used.’
    • ‘The restaurant staff who tasted the results found them very different from usual chicken.’
    • ‘You'll be able to view exhibits and taste plenty of barbecue, which is included in the price of admission.’
    • ‘Trying to describe the chile verde experience to someone who's never tasted it is like trying to describe the ocean to someone who has never seen it.’
    • ‘As for seafood - ride the DART out to Sandycove and taste the flavours fresh out of the sea at Caviston's Seafood Restaurant.’
    • ‘Try real chocolate, which, in its complexity, can offer a pleasure similar to that a drinker experiences tasting the finest wine.’
    perceive, discern, make out, distinguish, differentiate
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    1. 1.1[no object]Have a specified flavour.
      ‘the coffee tasted of acorns’
      [with complement] ‘the spinach tastes delicious’
      • ‘The floor is hard, but cool and somehow the food tastes better and the conversation is lighter.’
      • ‘The graphic designer in me ensured the meal was all bright greens and oranges, while the cook in me made the food taste nice too.’
      • ‘Restaurants generally cook with fat because food tastes better, and people expect larger portions.’
      • ‘I think deep-frying may tend to make you get fat, not because it puts more fat in the food, but because it makes the food taste so damned good!’
      • ‘Just the way that it melts in your mouth and tastes so splendid and rich… aaaaah!’
      • ‘Ever notice food tastes better when you are hungrier?’
      • ‘The whole business of roasting and grinding your own spices may seem like a lot of trouble, but the resulting blend of flavours tastes much better than commercial spice mixtures.’
      • ‘We had barbecues with rosemary, steaks with rosemary and everything we had for Sunday lunch always tasted of rosemary.’
      • ‘All the food tastes like rubber, like it was sitting up in the refrigerator for five years.’
      • ‘Sick of wines that tasted of artificial flavours and chemicals, he confided his frustration to his wife.’
      • ‘It is refreshing, therefore, to find in a city with many bad Indian restaurants, one where the food tastes unique.’
      • ‘The lung was repellently spongy and tasted of bleach.’
      • ‘Lead tastes sweet, which is why children start and continue to put it in their mouths.’
      • ‘Since I began to take blood pressure tablets about two years ago, everything I eat or drink tastes as if it has been sprinkled with salt.’
      • ‘Her immediate reaction was surprise that it actually tasted of chicken.’
      • ‘And while the restaurants may not win any stars in the Michelin Guide, their food sure tastes good after a morning on the slopes.’
      • ‘But each tastes too sweet and too much like chemicals, like something purchased cheaply at a bad supermarket.’
      • ‘We foraged for the elusive baski, an absurdly delicious wild strawberry that tasted of cherry and blackcurrant too.’
      • ‘The fish was tender and succulent, tasting a little spicy, richly flavoured by the oil, pepper and spices.’
      • ‘The question is not whether Waters's food tastes good.’
      have a flavour, savour, smack, be reminiscent
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    2. 1.2Sample the flavour of (food or drink) by taking it into the mouth.
      ‘the waiter poured some wine for him to taste’
      • ‘It's such a pretty place, and we really enjoy stopping by the various vineyards and tasting the local product.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This time needs to be savoured, rolled around the palate and gums as though tasting a wine, extracting every last drop of flavour from it, every tiny hint of summer.’
      • ‘Very educational and then, of course, I tasted their whiskies which were fine.’
      • ‘First, the wines are tasted by all of Omni's food & beverage managers at their annual conference.’
      • ‘Of course we had the cork to test before the wine was poured, and of course it was tasted before all glasses were filled.’
      • ‘They are typically required to blind taste a variety of experimental wines.’
      • ‘I have seen salmon blow a worm in and out of their mouths several times, like a connoisseur tasting fine wine, before swallowing it deep into their gullet.’
      sample, test, try, check, examine, savour
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    3. 1.3Eat or drink a small portion of.
      ‘she tasted course after course, but was unable to eat very much’
      • ‘We couldn't have a Greek meal without tasting some baklava, so we ordered one portion to share.’
      • ‘She said I could taste a bit, but of course I carried on and finished off the entire bowl.’
      • ‘This dry red wine with rich fruit flavours, smoky bouquet and fabulous garnet colour can be tasted at the fair.’
      • ‘Fruit and vegetables were then provided at lunch and school staff rewarded children for tasting them or for eating whole portions.’
      • ‘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.’
      consume, drink, eat, partake of, devour
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  • 2Have experience of.

    ‘the team has not yet tasted victory at home’
    • ‘The 100-metres world champion since 1997 had finally tasted defeat after victories in 42 consecutive finals.’
    • ‘Macken is hoping to see some action in Monday's potential showdown at Molineux, a ground where he has already tasted victory this season.’
    • ‘Thackley and Liversedge tasted sweet victories last night in the Northern Counties East Premier Division.’
    • ‘The season to visit Munich is from June to October when you can actually enjoy and taste the fun and flora of the city.’
    • ‘Without a win for nine games they have now tasted victory in their last three matches.’
    • ‘Bristol Rovers had tasted the magic in the third round, of course, with that stunning 3-1 win at Derby.’
    • ‘Last year, in fact, only four Americans tasted victory.’
    • ‘Each side has had its victories; each has tasted bitter defeat.’
    • ‘She will be a different player once she tastes success and wins a title at the $10,000 level.’
    • ‘The third reason that Lord Chaitanya appeared was to enjoy the bliss tasted by Radharani.’
    • ‘He had, of course, already tasted league glory as a player at Goodison back in 1970.’
    • ‘I tasted different types of suffering which I did not know before.’
    • ‘Her films may have been different but they rarely tasted success at the box-office, forcing her to re-think her strategy.’
    • ‘Once you taste success, you want to experience that as long as you can.’
    • ‘They could taste the victory in the air and all they needed to do was find a few more connections.’
    • ‘Yet there were almost three decades of struggle before she tasted success.’
    • ‘Nobody has been nominated more often without tasting victory.’
    • ‘I hadn't yet tasted the sweet life of web fashion journalism.’
    • ‘The universal will replace the individual when we have experienced and tasted it in meditation.’
    • ‘Before yesterday's match against Dundee, he was unbeaten in 11 outings, tasting victory in eight of them.’
    experience, undergo, encounter, meet, come face to face with, come up against
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  • a bad (or bitter or nasty) taste in the (or ussomeone's) mouth

    • informal A strong feeling of distress or disgust following an experience.

      ‘betrayal always leaves a nasty taste in the mouth’
      • ‘I was in no mood to pursue the issue but the experience did leave a bad taste in my mouth.’
      • ‘The whole experience left a bitter taste in my mouth.’
      • ‘I had two experiences that will forever leave a bad taste in my mouth.’
      • ‘It always leaves a bad taste in my mouth too but people should realise that it is the owner who makes these decisions not the Agent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While I'm trying not to let this show sour my entire experience, it definitely left a bad taste in my mouth and made me realize that Edmonton is not my left-wing Mecca in this right-wing province.’
      • ‘And, for those who still have a bitter taste in their mouth following The Tuxedo, this is Chan's chance for redemption.’
      • ‘Afterwards, Charles had made it all seem so reasonable, so perfectly normal, but whenever Maria recollected that scene, she experienced a bad taste in her mouth.’
      • ‘If the review just gives the reviewer's reaction to a cd, a reader is left with a bad taste in their mouth and wondering what angle the reviewer is coming from.’
      • ‘After Shadows, experience with Hollywood left a bad taste in his mouth, so from that point forward Cassavetes either self-financed his films or worked with complete creative control.’
  • taste blood

    • Achieve an early success that stimulates further efforts.

      ‘the speculators have tasted blood and could force a devaluation of the currency’
      • ‘But after they've tasted blood, will they want to stop?’
      • ‘Now they have tasted blood, surely nothing will stop these committed shareholders from causing devastation among Britain's directors.’
      • ‘Once a wolf tastes blood they are to be placed down.’
      • ‘They were eventually forced back, but awaited their escape hungrily, for they had tasted blood and wanted more.’
      • ‘But remember, I have tasted blood, and I will hunt again.’
      • ‘A tamed lion will become wild again if it tastes blood; a pampered bird kept in a cage longs to be free.’
      • ‘They've tasted blood and the bitter bile of losing.’
      • ‘I would like to know before my sword tastes blood.’
      • ‘Having tasted blood once, they will be prepared to wield the knife again.’
      • ‘Now that you've tasted blood, your going to want more, and more of it.’
  • to taste

    • According to personal liking.

      ‘add salt and pepper to taste’
      • ‘Add salt and pepper to taste, stir well to blend and serve straight away.’
      • ‘Mix the oil, orange juice and zest and sherry, and add salt and pepper to taste.’
      • ‘For the sauce, stir the remaining ingredients together and season to taste with salt and pepper.’
      • ‘Once these are amalgamated, Parmesan cheese is added, and salt and pepper according to taste.’
      • ‘Stir in tomatoes, tomato purée, sugar and basil and season to taste with salt and pepper.’
      • ‘Season to taste with salt and pepper, and then stir in the remaining butter.’
      • ‘Sauté them quickly with the garlic and salt and pepper to taste, and add to the soup.’
      • ‘Add salt and pepper to taste, and if you have it, a little caramelised red onion marmalade will give a final kick.’
      • ‘Pour over the oil and orange juice, mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste.’
      • ‘Remove from the heat, add the capers, lemon zest, Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.’


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.