taste - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the flavour that something creates in your mouth when you eat or drink it

    I love the taste of chocolate.

    This peach has a sweeter taste than that one.

    Our cheeses are very different in texture and taste.

    Add salt to taste (=until you like the taste).

    1. a.
      [singular] a small amount of food or drink that you eat or drink in order to see what flavour it has

      Have a taste of this wine.

      Would you like a taste?

    2. b.
      [uncountable] your mouth’s ability to notice the flavour of different foods and drinks

      The illness can produce a loss of smell and taste.

      sense of taste:

      She doesn’t have a very strong sense of taste.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the ability to judge if something is good or bad in things like art, fashion, and social behaviour

    They all admired her taste.

    Money cannot make up for bad taste and bad manners.

    in good/bad/poor taste:

    His joke about her divorce was in the worst possible taste.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the types of thing that you like, for example in art, music, or clothes

    Our tastes and interests are so different.

    I don’t have expensive tastes (=I don’t like expensive things).

    The films appeal to popular taste (=what most people like).

    taste in:

    The girls share his taste in music.

    have a taste for something:

    Even at a young age he had a taste for books.

    an acquired taste (=something that you must have many times before you start to like it):

    Strong black coffee is an acquired taste.

  4. 4
    [singular] a short experience of something that you are not used to
    taste of:

    After 16 years in prison, it was their first taste of freedom.

    Enjoy a taste of Italy with writer Valentina Harris.

  5. 5
    [singular] mainly literary the feeling that is created by an experience

    I still remember the taste of fear from skydiving.

    the sweet taste of revenge