taste

Taste is the ability to tell the difference between flavors in your mouth. It's your sense of taste that tells you if what you're eating is salty, sweet, or sour.

The verb taste means to perceive with your sense of taste ("I tasted kiwi for the first time") or to have a certain flavor ("the cake tastes of cinnamon and nutmeg"). The noun taste has a few different meanings. It's sensing flavors on your tongue, but it's also having a preference for something or a sense of discernment: "She has such good taste. Her clothes are always perfect." If you take a small sample of food, that's also a taste, as is a quick experience: "I only had a taste of what living in Paris would be like." Taste comes from the Old French taster, "to feel."

Primary Meanings of taste

1.
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the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth
have flavor; taste of something
2.
n
a strong liking
3.
n
delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
4.
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a small amount eaten or drunk
distinguish flavors
Full Definitions of taste
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n the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth

Synonyms:
gustation, gustatory modality, sense of taste
Type of:
modality, sense modality, sensory system
a particular sense
exteroception
sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body

n a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds

“a wine tasting
Synonyms:
tasting
Type of:
perception, sensing
becoming aware of something via the senses

n the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus

“the candy left him with a bad taste
“the melon had a delicious taste
Synonyms:
gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste perception, taste sensation
Types:
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flavor, flavour, nip, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, tang
the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
sugariness, sweet, sweetness
the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth
sour, sourness, tartness
the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth
bitter, bitterness
the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
salinity, salt, saltiness
the taste experience when common salt is taken into the mouth
astringence, astringency
a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker
finish
(wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed)
flatness
a deficiency in flavor
mellowness
a taste (especially of fruit) that is ripe and of full flavor
lemon
a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
vanilla
a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
acidity, acidulousness
the taste experience when something acidic is taken into the mouth
Type of:
aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression
an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation

v have flavor; taste of something

Synonyms:
savor, savour
Types:
smack
have a distinctive or characteristic taste

v have a distinctive or characteristic taste

“This tastes of nutmeg”
Synonyms:
smack
Type of:
savor, savour
have flavor; taste of something

v perceive by the sense of taste

“Can you taste the garlic?”
Types:
savor, savour
taste appreciatively
Type of:
comprehend, perceive
become aware of through the senses
2

n a strong liking

Synonyms:
penchant, predilection, preference
Types:
acquired taste
a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience
weakness
a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you
Type of:
liking
a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
3

n delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

“arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success”
“to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste
Synonyms:
appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness
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connoisseurship, vertu, virtu
love of or taste for fine objects of art
style, trend, vogue
the popular taste at a given time
delicacy, discretion
refined taste; tact
culture
the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
New Look
a style of women's clothing created by Christian Dior in 1947; involved a tight bodice and narrow waist and a flowing pleated skirt
fashion
the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior
bandwagon
a popular trend that attracts growing support
counterculture
a culture with lifestyles and values opposed to those of the established culture
mass culture
the culture that is widely disseminated via the mass media
letters
the literary culture
Type of:
discrimination, secernment
the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished
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n a small amount eaten or drunk

“take a taste--you'll like it”
Synonyms:
mouthful
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bit, bite, morsel
a small amount of solid food; a mouthful
sup, swallow
a small amount of liquid food
chaw, chew, cud, plug, quid, wad
a wad of something chewable as tobacco
crumb
small piece of e.g. bread or cake
sop, sops
piece of solid food for dipping in a liquid
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

n a brief experience of something

“he got a taste of life on the wild side”
“she enjoyed her brief taste of independence”
Type of:
experience
an event as apprehended

v distinguish flavors

“We tasted wines last night”
Type of:
identify
consider to be equal or the same

v take a sample of

Synonyms:
sample, try, try out
Types:
degust
taste with relish
Type of:
consume, have, ingest, take, take in
serve oneself to, or consume regularly

v experience briefly

“The ex-slave tasted freedom shortly before she died”
Type of:
experience, know, live
have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations

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