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1‘a blue cheese with a distinctive sharp taste’
flavour, savour, relish, tang, smack
2‘would you care for a taste of brandy?’
mouthful, drop, bit, spoonful, sample, sip, nip, swallow, touch, sprinkle, trickle, soupçon
dash, pinch, morsel, bite, nibble, titbit, shred, modicum
3‘it was a bit sweet for my taste’
palate, sense of taste, taste buds, appetite, stomach
4‘a millionairess with a taste for adventure’
liking, love, fondness, fancy, desire, preference, penchant, predilection, inclination, partiality, leaning, bent, disposition, proneness
hankering, appetite, thirst, hunger, relish, soft spot, weakness
5‘it was then that I had my first taste of prison’
experience, impression, sample
exposure to, contact with, involvement with, familiarity with, participation in
6‘the house was furnished with taste’
judgement, discrimination, discernment, tastefulness, cultivation, culture, refinement, polish, finesse, elegance, grace, style, stylishness
7‘we may reject advertisements on grounds of taste’
decorum, propriety, correctness, etiquette, politeness, tact, tactfulness, diplomacy, delicacy, nicety, sensitivity, discretion, tastefulness
1‘Adam tasted the wine and nodded to the waiter’
sample, test, try, check, examine, savour
sip, sup, nibble
2‘he could taste the blood in his mouth’
perceive, discern, make out, distinguish, differentiate
3‘a kind of beer that tasted of cashews’
have a flavour, savour, smack, be reminiscent
4‘it'll be good to taste real coffee again’
consume, drink, eat, partake of, devour
5‘he tasted defeat for the first time’
experience, undergo, encounter, meet, come face to face with, come up against
know, have knowledge of, sample, try
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