taste1 [ teıst ] noun ***
▸ 1 flavor
▸ 2 ability to judge if good
▸ 3 types of thing you like
▸ 4 short experience of something
▸ 5 feeling from experience
1. ) count or uncount the flavor that something creates in your mouth when you eat or drink it. Food can taste sweet like sugar, salty like salt, sour like a lemon, or bitter like strong black coffee:
I love the taste of chocolate.
This peach has a sweeter taste than that one.
Our cheeses are very different in texture and taste.
Add salt to taste (=until you like the taste).
a ) singular a small amount of food or drink that you eat or drink in order to see what flavor it has:
Have a taste of this wine.
Would you like a taste?
b ) uncount your mouth's ability to notice the flavor of different foods and drinks:
The illness can produce a loss of smell and taste.
sense of taste: She doesn't have a very strong sense of taste.
2. ) uncount the ability to judge if something is good or bad in things like art, fashion, and social behavior:
They all admired her taste.
Money cannot make up for bad taste and bad manners.
in good/bad/poor taste: His joke about her divorce was in the worst possible taste.
3. ) count or uncount the types of thing you like, for example in art, music, or clothes:
Our tastes and interests are so different.
The meals are designed to accommodate all tastes.
I don't have expensive tastes (=I don't like expensive things).
The movies appeal to popular taste (=what most people like).
taste in: The girls share his taste in music.
have a taste for something: Even at a young age he had a taste for books.
an acquired taste (=something that you must have many times before you start to like it): Strong black coffee is an acquired taste.
4. ) singular a short experience of something you are not used to:
taste of: After 16 years in prison, it was their first taste of freedom.
Enjoy a taste of Italy with writer Valentina Harris.
5. ) singular MAINLY LITERARY the feeling created by an experience:
the sweet taste of revenge
a bad/nasty/unpleasant taste in your mouth INFORMAL
if an experience leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth, you continue to feel unhappy or angry about it for a while
give someone a taste/dose of their own medicine
to treat someone in the same bad way that they have treated you in the past
taste 2 [ teıst ] verb **
1. ) linking verb to have a particular flavor:
taste good/bad/salty/sweet/delicious/awful etc.: Although the meal was cold, it tasted delicious.
The fish tasted just as good as it looked.
taste like: This lemonade tastes more like water.
They taste a little like chicken.
taste of: These cookies don't taste of ginger.
2. ) transitive to eat or drink something and experience its flavor:
I've never tasted figs, but I've heard they're very good.
The dinner was one of the best meals I have ever tasted.
a ) to put a small amount of something in your mouth to see what kind of flavor it has:
Visitors will be able to taste different types of wines.
I've tasted the milk and it's definitely sour.
3. ) transitive to experience something for a short time:
taste success/failure/victory: It's been 13 years since they last tasted victory.
4. ) transitive MAINLY LITERARY to realize what someone else is feeling or thinking:
You could taste the fear in the room.
taste blood INFORMAL
to realize that an opponent is almost defeated

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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