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 tasted
“It tasted like a crow enchilada,” Morrissey said, as he literally ate his words.The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Sounds Off on Weed, the Weather, and Winning|Bill Schulz|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I ate the staple corn paste sadza every day and tasted fried mopane worms.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)|Todd Moss|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not only did it look like and have the texture of crude oil, it tasted like it had been recently drilled.
Cider has a long and storied history that can be tasted in the variety of options found throughout the world.
How much of that pain have you tasted, how much of that hurt have you swallowed?
Sometimes the coffee would come to the table a thin, amber fluid that tasted like particularly bad consommé.The Booming of Acre Hill|John Kendrick Bangs
She folded her napkin, saying: "You make the best biscuits I ever tasted, Hepsey."Lavender and Old Lace|Myrtle Reed
We gave them strong waters—they tasted the poison—they loved it—and lo!Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3)|James Athearn Jones
He put wine to my lips; I tasted it and revived; then I ate something he offered me, and was soon myself.Jane Eyre|Charlotte Bronte
A raw fish, cornered in the shallows and scooped out, furnished one of the best meals he had ever tasted.The Time Traders|Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for tasted
Derived Formstastable, adjective
Word Origin for taste
Medicine definitions for tasted
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.