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Definition of Taste


  1. To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow.
  2. To try by the touch of the tongue; to perceive the relish or flavor of (anything) by taking a small quantity into a mouth. Also used figuratively.
  3. To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of.
  4. To become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to experience; to undergo.
  5. To partake of; to participate in; -- usually with an implied sense of relish or pleasure.
  6. To try food with the mouth; to eat or drink a little only; to try the flavor of anything; as, to taste of each kind of wine.
  7. To have a smack; to excite a particular sensation, by which the specific quality or flavor is distinguished; to have a particular quality or character; as, this water tastes brackish; the milk tastes of garlic.
  8. To take sparingly.
  9. To have perception, experience, or enjoyment; to partake; as, to taste of nature's bounty.
  10. The act of tasting; gustation.
  11. A particular sensation excited by the application of a substance to the tongue; the quality or savor of any substance as perceived by means of the tongue; flavor; as, the taste of an orange or an apple; a bitter taste; an acid taste; a sweet taste.
  12. The one of the five senses by which certain properties of bodies (called their taste, savor, flavor) are ascertained by contact with the organs of taste.
  13. Intellectual relish; liking; fondness; -- formerly with of, now with for; as, he had no taste for study.
  14. The power of perceiving and relishing excellence in human performances; the faculty of discerning beauty, order, congruity, proportion, symmetry, or whatever constitutes excellence, particularly in the fine arts and belles-letters; critical judgment; discernment.
  15. Manner, with respect to what is pleasing, refined, or in accordance with good usage; style; as, music composed in good taste; an epitaph in bad taste.
  16. Essay; trial; experience; experiment.
  17. A small portion given as a specimen; a little piece tastted of eaten; a bit.
  18. A kind of narrow and thin silk ribbon.

Taste Quotations

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
William Shakespeare

If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.
Mao Zedong

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice.
Joseph B. Wirthlin

We never taste a perfect joy; our happiest successes are mixed with sadness.
Pierre Corneille
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Taste Translations

taste in Afrikaans is smaak, proe
taste in Danish is smag, smage
taste in Dutch is smaken
taste in Finnish is maku
taste in German is kosten
taste in Italian is costare, gustare
taste in Norwegian is smak
taste in Portuguese is gosto
taste in Spanish is gusto, coste, saborear
taste in Swedish is smaka, smak, avsmaka
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