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verb     taste pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participletasting
past tensetasted
past participletasted
  1. 1
    [linking verb] to have a particular flavour. 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 bit like chicken.

    taste of:

    These biscuits don’t taste of ginger.

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

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

    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 type of flavour it has

      Visitors will be able to taste different types of wines.

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

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

    It is 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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