verb (used with object), tast·ed, tast·ing.
- to examine by touch; feel.
- to test or try.
verb (used without object), tast·ed, tast·ing.
Origin of taste
SYNONYMS FOR taste
Tasten was borrowed from Old French taster “to touch, try,” from an unrecorded Vulgar Latin verb tastāre (or taxtāre or taxitāre ), which is most likely an alteration of a frequentative verb formed from tangere “to touch, tap, taste (food), lay hands on, affect (with emotion), seize, defraud.” (A frequentative verb is one that expresses repetition of an action).
Though the meaning “to try or examine by touch; to feel” is now obsolete, the current figurative meaning “to have a slight experience of something” has developed from that literal use. And of course the primary meaning “to try the flavor of something” is merely referring to another one of our five senses that is stimulated by food taken into the mouth.
Examples from the Web for taste
The taste of metal cutlery after years of plastic can also taste funny.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Whisk in the half and half and season to taste with salt and pepper.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole|Carla Hall|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The correspondent does a stand-up next to a burning pile of heroin and gets a taste of its effect.
For Paul, the thrill of breakfast with the Reverend, may be giving way to the taste of burnt toast.
And they also expect those products to remain affordable and taste great.
He was an elector, and had a taste for music and literature.Dealings With The Dead|A Sexton of the Old School
But Chesterton's taste for bigness has come to his service in criticism.G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study|Julius West
Oi said Oi had cooked the baste joost roight, an' Oi saw nathin wrong wid the taste av it.Witty Pieces by Witty People|Various
The taste was at its height about 1710, and continued for many years.
The leisure of two other days, might be devoted to intellectual improvement, and the pursuits of taste.A Treatise on Domestic Economy|Catherine Esther Beecher
British Dictionary definitions for taste
Derived Formstastable, adjective
Word Origin for taste
Medicine definitions for taste
Idioms and Phrases with taste
see acquired taste; dose (taste) of one's own medicine; leave a bad taste in one's mouth; no accounting for tastes; poor taste.