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Noun: taste  teyst
  1. 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";
    - taste sensation, gustatory sensation, taste perception, gustatory perception
     
  2. A strong liking
    - preference, penchant, predilection
     
  3. 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";
    - appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness
     
  4. A brief experience of something
    "he got a taste of life on the wild side"; "she enjoyed her brief taste of independence"
     
  5. A small amount eaten or drunk
    "take a taste--you'll like it";
    - mouthful
     
  6. The faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth
    "his cold deprived him of his sense of taste";
    - gustation, sense of taste, gustatory modality
     
  7. A kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds
    "a wine taste";
    - tasting
Verb: taste  teyst
  1. Have flavour; have a taste of something
    - savor [US], savour [Brit, Cdn]
     
  2. Perceive by the sense of taste
    "Can you taste the garlic?"
     
  3. Take a sample of
    "taste the regional dishes";
    - sample, try, try out
     
  4. Have a distinctive or characteristic taste
    "This tastes of nutmeg";
    - smack
     
  5. Distinguish flavours
    "We tasted wines last night"
     
  6. Experience briefly
    "The ex-slave tasted freedom shortly before she died"

Derived forms: tasting, tastes, tasted

See also: tasteful, tasteless, tasty [US]

Type of: aesthesis, comprehend, consume, discrimination, esthesis [US], experience, exteroception, have, identify, ingest, know, liking, live, modality, perceive, perception, secernment, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression, sense modality, sensing, sensory system, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, take, take in

Part of: helping, portion, serving

Encyclopedia: Taste