taste1 W2S2 [teıst] n
2¦(what you like)¦
4¦(what is acceptable/not offensive)¦
7 ... to taste
1.) ¦(FOOD)¦
a) [U and C]
the feeling that is produced by a particular food or drink when you put it in your mouth
= ↑flavour
have a sweet/bitter/salty etc taste
The medicine had a slightly bitter taste.
taste of
I don't really like the taste of meat any more.
b) [U]
the sense by which you know one food from another
Some birds have a highly developed sense of taste .
c) have a taste (of sth)
if you have a taste of some food or drink, you put a small amount in your mouth to try it
You must have a taste of the fruitcake.
2.) ¦(WHAT YOU LIKE)¦ [U and C]
the kind of things that someone likes
taste in
We have similar tastes in music .
taste for
While she was in France she developed a taste for fine wines.
He had acquired a taste for adventure .
There are books to suit everyone's tastes .
courses that cater for all tastes
My wife has very expensive tastes .
Choosing a wedding dress is all a matter of personal taste .
His musical tastes changed radically as soon as he started college.
The colours were much too bright for my taste .
This type of event isn't to everyone's taste .
'Why did she marry someone like that?' ' There's no accounting for taste .'
Olives are something of an acquired taste .
3.) ¦(JUDGMENT)¦[U]
someone's judgment when they choose clothes, decorations etc
have good/bad etc taste
She has such good taste.
taste in
Some people have really bad taste in clothes.
the quality of being acceptable and not offensive
All television companies accept the need to maintain standards of taste and decency .
be in bad/poor etc taste
(=likely to offend people)
She acknowledged her remark had been in bad taste.
5.) ¦(EXPERIENCE)¦ [usually singular]
a short experience of something that shows you what it is like
taste of
Schoolchildren from city schools can get a taste of the countryside first-hand.
It gave him his first taste of acting for the big screen.
The autumn storms gave us a taste of what was to come (=showed what would happen later) .
6.) ¦(FEELING)¦ [singular]
the feeling that you have after an experience, especially a bad experience
The way he spoke to those children left a nasty taste in my mouth .
the bitter taste of failure
the sweet taste of victory
7.) ... to taste
if you add salt, spices etc to taste, you add as much as you think makes it taste right - used in instructions in cook books
Add salt to taste.
give sb a taste of their own medicine atmedicine
COLLOCATES for sense 2
taste in music/clothes/men etc
have similar/different tastes
develop/acquire a taste for something (=start to like something)
suit/satisfy/cater for somebody's tastes (=provide what someone likes)
have expensive tastes (=like expensive things)
something is a matter of taste (=it depends on what kind of things you like)
personal taste
musical taste (=the kind of music someone likes)
be too bright/modern/dark etc for somebody's taste (=used when saying that you did not like something because it was too bright, modern, dark etc)
be to somebody's taste (=if something is to your taste, you like it)
there's no accounting for taste (=used humorously to say that you do not understand why someone has chosen something)
something is an acquired taste (=people only usually start to like something after they have tried it several times)
WORD FOCUS: words meaning taste
delicious/tasty tastes very good
disgusting tastes very bad
hot/spicy has a lot of spices
bland boring and with not very much taste
sweet has a lot of sugar
salty has a lot of salt
sour used about fruit that is not sweet
bitter used about coffee, chocolate, or medicine that is not at all sweet
See also: flavour
taste 2
taste2 v
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: taster 'to touch, test, taste', from Vulgar Latin taxitare, from Latin taxare; TAX2]
1.) [linking verb]
to have a particular kind of taste
taste good/delicious/sweet/fresh etc
Mmm! This tastes good!
The food tasted better than it looked.
taste awful/disgusting etc
The liver tasted awful and the potatoes had not been cooked for long enough.
taste of
This yoghurt tastes of strawberries.
It didn't taste much of ginger.
taste like
It tastes just like champagne to me.
What does pumpkin taste like (=how would you describe its taste) ?
sweet-tasting/strong-tasting etc
a sweet-tasting soup
a bitter-tasting liquid
2.) [T not in progressive]
to experience or recognize the taste of food or drink
She could taste blood.
Can you taste the difference?
It was like nothing I'd ever tasted before.
3.) [T]
to eat or drink a small amount of something to see what it is like
It's always best to keep tasting the food while you're cooking it.
4.) taste success/freedom/victory etc
to have a short experience of something that you want more of
There was a lot of hard work before we first tasted success.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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