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verb taste pronunciation in American English /teɪst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletasting
past tensetasted
past participletasted
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  1. 1
    [linking verb] to have a particular flavor. Food can taste sweet like sugar, salty like salt, sour like a lemon, or bitter like strong black coffee
    taste good/bad/salty/sweet/delicious/awful etc.:

    Although the meal was cold, it tasted delicious.

    The fish tasted just as good as it looked.

    taste like:

    This lemonade tastes more like water.

    They taste a little like chicken.

    taste of:

    These cookies don’t taste of ginger.

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  2. 2
    [transitive] to eat or drink something and to experience its flavor

    I’ve never tasted figs, but I’ve heard they’re very good.

    The dinner was one of the best meals I have ever tasted.

    1. a.
      to put a small amount of something in your mouth to see what kind of flavor it has

      Visitors will be able to taste different types of wines.

      I’ve tasted the milk and it’s definitely sour.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to experience something for a short time
    taste success/failure/victory:

    It’s been 13 years since they last tasted victory.

  4. 4
    [transitive] mainly literary to realize what someone else is feeling or thinking

    You could taste the fear in the room.


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