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verb (used with object)
  1. to taste or savor carefully or appreciatively.
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Also de·gus·tate [dih-guhs-teyt] /dɪˈgʌs teɪt/.

Origin of degust

1615–25; < Latin dēgustāre to taste, try, equivalent to dē- de- + gustāre to taste (gust(us) a tasting + -āre infinitive suffix)
Related formsde·gus·ta·tion [dee-guh-stey-shuh n] /ˌdi gʌˈsteɪ ʃən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for degustate


degustate (dɪˈɡʌsteɪt)

verb (tr)
  1. rare to taste, esp with care or relish; savour
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Derived Formsdegustation (ˌdiːɡʌˈsteɪʃən), noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin dēgustāre, from gustāre, from gustus a tasting, taste
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