taste [tāst]
tasted, tasting [ME tasten < OFr taster, to handle, touch, taste < VL * tastare, prob. < * taxitare, freq. of L taxare, to feel, touch sharply, judge of, freq. of tangere: see TACT]
1. Obs. to test by touching
2. to test the flavor of by putting a little in one's mouth
3. to detect or distinguish the flavor of by the sense of taste [to taste sage in a dressing]
4. to eat or drink, esp. a small amount of
5. to receive the sensation of, as for the first time; experience; have [to have tasted freedom at last]
6. Archaic to appreciate; like
1. to discern or recognize flavors by the sense of taste; have the sense of taste
2. to eat or drink a small amount (of)
3. to have the specific taste or flavor: sometimes with of [the milk tastes sour; the salad tastes of garlic]
4. to have a sensation, limited experience, or anticipating sense (of something)
[ME < OFr tast < the v.]
1. Obs.
a) a test; trial
b) the act of tasting
2. that one of the five senses that is stimulated by contact of a substance with the taste buds and is capable of distinguishing basically among sweet, sour, salt, and bitter: the flavor of any specific substance is usually recognized by its combined taste, smell, and texture
3. the quality of a thing that is perceived through the sense of taste; flavor; savor
4. a small amount put into the mouth to test the flavor
5. the distinguishing flavor of a substance [a chocolate taste]
6. a slight experience of something; sample [to get a taste of another's anger]
7. a small amount; bit; trace; suggestion; touch
a) the ability to notice, appreciate, and judge what is beautiful, appropriate, or harmonious, or what is excellent in art, music, decoration, clothing, etc.
b) a specific preference; partiality; predilection [a taste for red ties]
c) an attitude or a style reflecting such ability or preferences on the part of a group of people of a particular time and place
9. a liking; inclination; fondness; bent [to have no taste for business]
in (good, poor, etc.) taste
in a form, style, or manner showing a (good, poor, etc.) sense of beauty, excellence, fitness, propriety, etc.
in taste
in good taste
to one's taste
1. pleasing to one
2. so as to please one

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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