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Definition of taste verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they taste
    he / she / it tastes
    past simple tasted
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
  2. have flavor
  3. 2linking verb to have a particular flavor + adj. It tastes sweet. taste of something The ice cream tasted of peppermint. taste like something This drink tastes like sherry.
  4. 3-tasting (in adjectives) having a particular flavor foul-tasting medicine
  5. recognize flavor
  6. 4[transitive] taste something (often used with can or could) to be able to recognize flavors in food and drink You can taste the garlic in this stew. I can't really taste anything with this cold.
  7. test flavor
  8. 5[transitive] taste something to test the flavor 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.
  9. eat/drink
  10. 6[transitive] taste something to eat or drink food or liquid I've never tasted anything like it.
  11. have short experience
  12. 7[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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: taste