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Definition of taste verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    taste

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//teɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//teɪst//
     
    (not used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they taste
    BrE BrE//teɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//teɪst//
     
    he / she / it tastes
    BrE BrE//teɪsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//teɪsts//
     
    past simple tasted
    BrE BrE//ˈteɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪstɪd//
     
    past participle tasted
    BrE BrE//ˈteɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪstɪd//
     
    past simple tasting
    BrE BrE//ˈteɪstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪstɪŋ//
     
    past participle tasting
    BrE BrE//ˈteɪstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪstɪŋ//
     
    Preparing food
     
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    have flavour
  1. 1  linking verb to have a particular flavour + adj. It tastes sweet. taste of something The ice tasted of mint. taste like something This drink tastes like sherry.
  2. 2-tasting (in adjectives) having a particular flavour foul-tasting medicine
  3. recognize flavour
  4. 3  [transitive] taste something (often used with can or could) to be able to recognize flavours in food and drink You can taste the garlic in this stew. I can't really taste anything with this cold.
  5. test flavour
  6. 4  [transitive] taste something to test the flavour of something by eating or drinking a small amount of it synonym try Taste it and see if you think there's enough salt in it. See related entries: Preparing food
  7. eat/drink
  8. 5  [transitive] taste something to eat or drink food or liquid I've never tasted anything like it.
  9. have short experience
  10. 6[transitive] taste something to have a short experience of something, especially something that you want more of He had tasted freedom only to lose it again.
  11. Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘touch’): from Old French tast (noun), taster (verb) ‘touch, try, taste’, perhaps based on a blend of Latin tangere ‘to touch’ and gustare ‘to taste’.Extra examples The fish tasted faintly of garlic. The fruit tasted rather like mango. The water tasted strongly of chemicals. a cake which tasted of almonds I haven’t tasted meat since I started the journey. I’ve never tasted anything like it. Taste it and see if you think there’s enough salt in it. Would you like to taste the wine?
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