verb (used with object), tast·ed, tast·ing.

verb (used without object), tast·ed, tast·ing.


Nearby words

  1. tasselly,
  2. tasset,
  3. tassie,
  4. tasso,
  5. tasso, torquato,
  6. taste bud,
  7. taste buds,
  8. taste cell,
  9. taste hair,
  10. tasteful


    taste blood. blood(def 24).
    to one's taste, agreeable or pleasing to one: He couldn't find any ties that were completely to his taste.

Origin of taste

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English tasten to touch, taste < Old French taster to touch, explore by touching (Middle French: to touch, taste); cognate with Italian tastare, Provençal, Old Spanish tastar < ?; (noun) Middle English tast sense of touch, a trying, tasting < Old French, derivative of taster

1. savor. 17. Taste, flavor, savor refer to a quality that is perceived when a substance is placed upon the tongue. Taste is the general word: the taste of roast beef. Flavor is a characteristic taste, usually of a pleasing kind, and as of some ingredient put into the food: lemon flavor. Savor, much less common than taste or flavor, implies pleasing scent as well as taste or flavor, and connotes enjoyment in tasting: The sauce has an excellent savor. 19. fondness, disposition, appreciation, predisposition. 20. discernment, perception, judgment.

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British Dictionary definitions for tasted



the sense by which the qualities and flavour of a substance are distinguished by the taste buds
the sensation experienced by means of the taste buds
the act of tasting
a small amount eaten, drunk, or tried on the tongue
a brief experience of somethinga taste of the whip
a preference or liking for something; inclinationto have a taste for danger
the ability to make discerning judgments about aesthetic, artistic, and intellectual matters; discriminationto have taste
judgment of aesthetic or social matters according to a generally accepted standardbad taste
discretion; delicacythat remark lacks taste
obsolete the act of testing


to distinguish the taste of (a substance) by means of the taste buds
(usually tr) to take a small amount of (a food, liquid, etc) into the mouth, esp in order to test the qualityto taste the wine
(often foll by of) to have a specific flavour or tastethe tea tastes of soap; this apple tastes sour
(when intr, usually foll by of) to have an experience of (something)to taste success
(tr) an archaic word for enjoy
(tr) obsolete to test by touching
Derived Formstastable, adjective

Word Origin for taste

C13: from Old French taster, ultimately from Latin taxāre to appraise

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Word Origin and History for tasted
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Medicine definitions for tasted




The sense that distinguishes the sweet, sour, salty, and bitter qualities of dissolved substances in contact with the taste buds on the tongue.
This sense in combination with the senses of smell and touch, which together receive a sensation of a substance in the mouth.
The sensation of sweet, sour, salty, or bitter qualities produced by or as if by a substance placed in the mouth.
The unified sensation produced by any of these qualities plus a distinct smell and texture; flavor.


To distinguish the flavor of something by taking it into the mouth.
To eat or drink a small quantity of something.
To distinguish flavors in the mouth.
To have a distinct flavor.

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Idioms and Phrases with tasted


see acquired taste; dose (taste) of one's own medicine; leave a bad taste in one's mouth; no accounting for tastes; poor taste.

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