Definition of taste in English:



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

    ‘the wine had a fruity taste’
    • ‘Three weeks later she complained of a metallic taste and a burning sensation in her mouth.’
    • ‘How the brain perceives taste is a fascinating phenomenon, Barham added.’
    • ‘It must be some puritan streak in me, but I find the detailed discussion of tastes and sensations nauseating and very distressing to read.’
    • ‘I ate smaller and smaller mouthfuls, not because I was losing my appetite, but to extend the sensation of remarkable tastes.’
    • ‘Whisky was associated with a fiery taste and a burning sensation as it went down the gullet.’
    • ‘Jen washed down the aspirin with the water, trying to get the taste out of her mouth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I love the sight, sound, taste, touch and smell of them.’
    • ‘In food, it is used to provide a tangy taste by acidifying foods and drinks.’
    • ‘The taste overwhelmed my mouth as if I had eaten poisonous chemicals.’
    • ‘The taste explodes in your mouth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I find using carbonated water very helpful to rinse the glass and remove the taste from the mouth as well.’
    • ‘Water supplies in a South Lakeland town are leaving an earthy taste in people's mouths following an outbreak of algae.’
    • ‘But the taste of that sauce lingered and I finished my water trying to get the taste out of my mouth.’
    • ‘And like all exotic food, the taste of snake apparently resembles that of chicken.’
    • ‘She tore off a piece of heavily buttered bread and popped it into her mouth, savoring the taste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She sliced a custard pudding with a spoon, and popped it into her mouth, savoring the taste.’
    flavour, savour, relish, tang, smack
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    1. 1.1The faculty of perceiving taste.
      ‘birds do not have a highly developed sense of taste’
      • ‘So in addition to the usual five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell, the mental function is counted as the sixth.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the senses of smell, taste, and touch have not been neglected.’
      • ‘The disease usually does not affect the senses - taste, touch, sight, smell, and hearing - or the mind.’
      • ‘Of the five senses - touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing - which one is most important to a naval aviator?’
      • ‘We perceive our environment via our senses of smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight.’
      • ‘External stimuli are received through the senses - touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound.’
      • ‘Other senses like touch, hearing, taste, smell and sight are derived from self-consciousness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He relies first on smell, then on taste; his sense of touch comes last.’
      • ‘I have a sense of vision, taste, hearing and smell.’
      • ‘You are no doubt familiar with the five senses: sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste.’
      • ‘Each plant within the garden has an element which enhances the five senses, i.e. taste, hear, smell, touch and sight.’
      • ‘Bad breath and a decreasing sense of taste and smell are common consequences.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A nonspiritual person only lives by their five senses, touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing.’
      • ‘To fully appreciate the complexity of wine, the senses of sight, smell, taste and even touch must be employed.’
      • ‘It claims to heighten the senses of taste, smell and touch by offering a dining experience in total darkness.’
      • ‘Sensory evaluation is analysis of product attributes perceived by the human senses of smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing.’
      • ‘It is through our senses - sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch - that we perceive the world around us.’
    2. 1.2A small portion of food or drink taken as a sample.
      ‘try a taste of Gorgonzola’
      • ‘She took the cup in her hands, brought it to her mouth and took a taste.’
      • ‘Forget forthcoming food trends, a taste of the exotic is already on the menu - with no moonfish in sight.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After having watched the play, the audience got a taste of Mysore special food.’
      • ‘In delicatessens, it is customary to offer sample tastes of foods as part of the exchange process.’
      • ‘Arven put the spoon in his mouth and took a taste.’
      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’
      • ‘While climbing Mount Everest might be out of the question, this camp will give aspiring mountaineers a taste of the climbing experience.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That was the verdict of children at a Whitefield primary school when they sampled a taste of the French way of life.’
      • ‘And where better for the Brazilian-native to sample a taste of the Irish culture than in the heart of South Mayo.’
      • ‘I'll share some of that with you here, so that you may have a brief taste of my personal involvement with correspondents.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For the adventurous urbanite, how about experiencing a taste of farm life by visiting a working farm or ranch?’
      • ‘A brief taste of this issue can't do it justice: buy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Heritage Day gives us the opportunity to step back in time and sample a taste of life from the ‘good old days’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Five members of Billericay Methodist Church had an unforgettable experience and a taste of African hospitality when they visited Mombasa in Kenya.’
      • ‘If you want a taste of Goan food, music, and ambience, then Country Club on Mysore Road is the place for you.’
      • ‘So put your inhibitions behind you and allow yourself to sample a taste of something new!’
      • ‘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.’
      experience, impression, sample
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  • 2A person's liking for particular flavors.

    ‘this pudding is too sweet for my taste’
    • ‘It's yummy and satisfying, but a little too sweet for my tastes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Place the birds on a warm plate and bubble up the juice in the pan to reduce it, then season it to your taste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pancakes were a bit too sweet for her tastes.’
    • ‘Place on very hot griddle or frying pan and cook each side to your taste - rare, medium, well done.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cook under a pre - heated grill for about 5 minutes on each side - or to your taste.’
    • ‘Paan is a small packet made of a special leaf, wrapped around various ingredients - according to your taste - and chewed.’
    • ‘Swapping one vegetarian sausage for one of mine, I can't say it was entirely to my 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.’
    • ‘The chef has made it more sour and sweet to meet the taste of Southern people and the dish is actually fairly bland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was light and crunchy, if a little sweet for my taste, and a good way to finish.’
    • ‘It starts with dried whole peas and of course uses wasabi powder or paste, the amount of which can be adjusted to your taste.’
    • ‘There is always homemade chocolate cake, which is rich and moist, albeit a little sweet for my taste.’
    • ‘The pudding was dark and rich, just to his 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.’
    palate, sense of taste, taste buds, appetite, stomach
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    1. 2.1A person's tendency to like and dislike certain things.
      ‘he found the aggressive competitiveness of the profession was not to his taste’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sharing aspect of it let you find others who had similar tastes and sample their collections, letting you find something new.’
      • ‘She is a fair, sweet girl with simple tastes and needs.’
      • ‘My brother and I share the same taste in food, drink and humour but when it comes to cars we disagree.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He conveys these moral tastes to the reader less by means of argument than by ironic indirection or aesthetic intimation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are perfectly entitled to their tastes and certainly their experiences.’
      • ‘Personal tastes and preferences that can take any form you two decide on.’
      • ‘And this is a weird nostalgic experience through my musical tastes since about 1988, when I first bought a CD player.’
      • ‘And they seemed to have similar tastes in food, music and movies as well.’
      • ‘You can take either video version or either audio version and tailor your viewing experience to your own tastes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Obviously, it depends on having a decent-sized sample of your musical tastes before it can make sensible recommendations.’
      • ‘This is a world where lives, character, tastes, moral capacity, sexual preferences, etc., are more often than not dictated by genetic makeup.’
      liking, love, fondness, fancy, desire, preference, penchant, predilection, inclination, partiality, leaning, bent, disposition, proneness
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    2. 2.2A liking for or interest in (something)
      ‘have you lost your taste for fancy restaurants?’
      • ‘With his taste for contemporary art and love of radical new buildings, Marland was ready for a challenge.’
      • ‘Shanghai is noted for its brand sensitivity and taste for big international names.’
      • ‘I will try to regain my taste for that column by next week for those of you who miss it.’
      • ‘My Irish Terrier pup has also developed a taste for them so the competition is getting fierce.’
      • ‘But it was after she took a secretarial job at the Daily Express that she developed a taste for the media.’
      • ‘They're gunning for a more mature audience with a taste for less mainstream music.’
      • ‘I have to confess the result wasn't very good, but the experience gave me a taste for being in the spotlight.’
      • ‘However, it's still worth seeing, particularly by those with a taste for gothic ghost stories.’
      • ‘He had neither the moral reforming zeal of Colet nor the taste for theological polemic of John Fisher.’
      • ‘Beer is an easily acquired taste, and it's apparent that the taste for it is just as easily lost.’
      • ‘The truth was that he had lost his taste for the beautiful and stupid a long time ago.’
      • ‘It make me a little dizzy and a little sick and my taste for it just went away.’
      • ‘Hastings was not alone in sharing his royal master's taste for fine books.’
      • ‘I kind of lost my taste for the X-Files when they started explaining everything.’
      • ‘No one's ever had to acquire a taste for movies the way you have to acquire a taste for Shakespeare.’
      • ‘My friends shared my taste for fine needlework but not for the secondhand.’
      • ‘Booming micro-brewers are bucking the growing taste for fizzy lager and alcopops.’
      • ‘Getting through these first experiences left me with a taste for some real action.’
      • ‘After having ice cream I had developed a taste for other seaside delicacies such as candy floss and rock.’
      • ‘My sensei also told me to drink all the milk I should be getting and I developed a taste for it.’
    3. 2.3The ability to discern what is of good quality or of a high aesthetic standard.
      ‘she has awful taste in literature’
      • ‘For those of you with the good taste, and common sense, to invest your time more productively, the premise is simple.’
      • ‘I suspect the band may have low standards for songwriting due to bad taste in music.’
      • ‘I think if more people should pay attention to me and what I like because I obviously have refined taste in everything.’
      • ‘Norwegians endeared themselves to me early with their amazingly eclectic taste in popular culture.’
      • ‘In many cases, the owners have employed a great deal of skill and taste in maintaining their home.’
      • ‘Assuming you're more interested in serious thinking than his taste in hair styles and rock music, the proposals are not to be missed.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘One would think that Vogue would embody the highest standards of aesthetic taste, no?’
      • ‘He had exquisite taste in literature, but curiously enough these wonderful books didn't sell, and he was also short of capital.’
      • ‘In other words, the bosses all had exquisite taste in literature but none of them knew how to read a set of accounts.’
      • ‘Even their clothing style and taste in music is simpatico - they're both Goths.’
      • ‘As for aesthetics, the Library Board is known for its bad taste in architecture.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You could even argue that Europeans demonstrate better taste in American culture than Americans do.’
      • ‘The analysis appreciates Densher's exercise of good taste in his ability to feel Milly's pain and ultimately to repudiate her fortune.’
      • ‘Their taste in literature he regarded as despicable.’
      • ‘I guess I could tell him he had good taste in literature.’
      • ‘You should never apologise for your taste in music, literature, etc - no matter how dodgy!’
      • ‘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.’
      judgement, discrimination, discernment, tastefulness, cultivation, culture, refinement, polish, finesse, elegance, grace, style, stylishness
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    4. 2.4Conformity or failure to conform with generally held views concerning what is offensive or acceptable.
      ‘that's a joke in very bad taste’
      • ‘Generally, more than half of the complaints received by the ASAI concern alleged misleading advertising; only a third concern taste and decency.’
      • ‘Sorry if I had to disqualify your entry for lack of taste or offensiveness in general.’
      • ‘His column about the murder was pulled by the Daily Telegraph this week on grounds of taste.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Entitled Kitsch Fáshion, it pushed the boundaries so far that, ironically, the story was pulled on grounds of taste.’
      • ‘But, the thermals are for the most part within the acceptable boundaries of good taste.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The webmaster reserves the right to delete, edit or alter user comments on the grounds of abuse, taste or decency.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On first encounter, this emblem seems to be in poor taste, even slightly offensive; one that familiarity tends to politely ignore.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do you claim responsibility for changing the boundaries of taste in film culture?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of those stores who do not hire out Nazi costumes, Hazeldress, in Didsbury, refuses to do so 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      decorum, propriety, correctness, etiquette, politeness, tact, tactfulness, diplomacy, delicacy, nicety, sensitivity, discretion, tastefulness
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  • 1 Perceive or experience the flavor of.

    ‘she had never tasted ice cream before’
    • ‘Try real chocolate, which, in its complexity, can offer a pleasure similar to that a drinker experiences tasting the finest wine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Linus shall spend all day tasting different things that he didn't like when he was smoking.’
    • ‘You'll be able to view exhibits and taste plenty of barbecue, which is included in the price of admission.’
    • ‘She's seen, caught, smelt and tasted millipedes before.’
    • ‘Mix it all together so that when you taste it, all the flavours burst’
    • ‘The first time I tasted these flavours I was in New York at a little Cuban café on Prince Street, and thought wow!’
    • ‘But the type of seafood used would have made no difference to the disappointment I felt when I tasted it.’
    • ‘We just don't believe anyone's palate can taste other flavours if too much chilli is used.’
    • ‘As for seafood - ride the DART out to Sandycove and taste the flavours fresh out of the sea at Caviston's Seafood Restaurant.’
    • ‘Even though my wine was watered down I could still taste its rich flavour.’
    • ‘She had eaten so fast it didn't make any difference what she had, because she didn't taste it.’
    • ‘You should sip it slowly so that you can taste the real flavour of the tea.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The restaurant staff who tasted the results found them very different from usual chicken.’
    • ‘From having your passport checked, to spending your first Euro, to tasting paella, every fresh experience is an opportunity for learning.’
    • ‘It is not until you taste it that the difference becomes clear.’
    • ‘Just taste one of these beauties.’
    • ‘The magic of Sichuan cuisine is that you can taste the flavours even after your tongue has gone numb.’
    • ‘I can still taste the burnt flavour of the samosas and the rubbery sandwiches.’
    perceive, discern, make out, distinguish, differentiate
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    1. 1.1[no object]Have a specified flavor.
      [with complement] ‘the spinach tastes delicious’
      • ‘It is refreshing, therefore, to find in a city with many bad Indian restaurants, one where the food tastes unique.’
      • ‘The floor is hard, but cool and somehow the food tastes better and the conversation is lighter.’
      • ‘Just the way that it melts in your mouth and tastes so splendid and rich… aaaaah!’
      • ‘Restaurants generally cook with fat because food tastes better, and people expect larger portions.’
      • ‘We foraged for the elusive baski, an absurdly delicious wild strawberry that tasted of cherry and blackcurrant too.’
      • ‘Her immediate reaction was surprise that it actually tasted of chicken.’
      • ‘The question is not whether Waters's food tastes good.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But each tastes too sweet and too much like chemicals, like something purchased cheaply at a bad supermarket.’
      • ‘Sick of wines that tasted of artificial flavours and chemicals, he confided his frustration to his wife.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lead tastes sweet, which is why children start and continue to put it in their mouths.’
      • ‘And while the restaurants may not win any stars in the Michelin Guide, their food sure tastes good after a morning on the slopes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The lung was repellently spongy and tasted of bleach.’
      • ‘The fish was tender and succulent, tasting a little spicy, richly flavoured by the oil, pepper and spices.’
      have a flavour, savour, smack, be reminiscent
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    2. 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’
      • ‘Very educational and then, of course, I tasted their whiskies which were fine.’
      • ‘It's such a pretty place, and we really enjoy stopping by the various vineyards and tasting the local product.’
      • ‘They are typically required to blind taste a variety of experimental wines.’
      • ‘Critics tasting these wines without food and in large groups often miss wines like these that do not hammer their palates into submission.’
      • ‘First, the wines are tasted by all of Omni's food & beverage managers at their annual conference.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then, Kaga and four judges taste the food and pronounce the winner.’
      • ‘Of course we had the cork to test before the wine was poured, and of course it was tasted before all glasses were filled.’
      sample, test, try, check, examine, savour
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    3. 1.3Eat or drink a small portion of.
      • ‘Fruit and vegetables were then provided at lunch and school staff rewarded children for tasting them or for eating whole portions.’
      • ‘This dry red wine with rich fruit flavours, smoky bouquet and fabulous garnet colour can be tasted at the fair.’
      • ‘We couldn't have a Greek meal without tasting some baklava, so we ordered one portion to share.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She said I could taste a bit, but of course I carried on and finished off the entire bowl.’
      consume, drink, eat, partake of, devour
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    4. 1.4Have experience of.
      ‘the team has not yet tasted victory at home’
      • ‘Nobody has been nominated more often without tasting victory.’
      • ‘He had, of course, already tasted league glory as a player at Goodison back in 1970.’
      • ‘The season to visit Munich is from June to October when you can actually enjoy and taste the fun and flora of the city.’
      • ‘Last year, in fact, only four Americans tasted victory.’
      • ‘She will be a different player once she tastes success and wins a title at the $10,000 level.’
      • ‘Macken is hoping to see some action in Monday's potential showdown at Molineux, a ground where he has already tasted victory this season.’
      • ‘The third reason that Lord Chaitanya appeared was to enjoy the bliss tasted by Radharani.’
      • ‘Before yesterday's match against Dundee, he was unbeaten in 11 outings, tasting victory in eight of them.’
      • ‘Each side has had its victories; each has tasted bitter defeat.’
      • ‘Once you taste success, you want to experience that as long as you can.’
      • ‘I hadn't yet tasted the sweet life of web fashion journalism.’
      • ‘Thackley and Liversedge tasted sweet victories last night in the Northern Counties East Premier Division.’
      • ‘Her films may have been different but they rarely tasted success at the box-office, forcing her to re-think her strategy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I tasted different types of suffering which I did not know before.’
      • ‘They could taste the victory in the air and all they needed to do was find a few more connections.’
      • ‘The universal will replace the individual when we have experienced and tasted it in meditation.’
      • ‘Yet there were almost three decades of struggle before she tasted success.’
      • ‘The 100-metres world champion since 1997 had finally tasted defeat after victories in 42 consecutive finals.’
      experience, undergo, encounter, meet, come face to face with, come up against
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  • 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’
      • ‘The whole experience left a bitter taste in my mouth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was in no mood to pursue the issue but the experience did 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.’
      • ‘I had two experiences that will forever leave a bad taste in my 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And, for those who still have a bitter taste in their mouth following The Tuxedo, this is Chan's chance for redemption.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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

    • Achieve an early success that stimulates further efforts.

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

    • In the amount needed to give a flavor pleasing to someone eating a dish.

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


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.