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taste

noun uk   /teɪst/ us  

taste noun (FLAVOUR)

B1 [C or U] the flavour of something, or the ability of a person or animal to recognize different flavours: I love the taste of garlic. Olives are perhaps an acquired taste (= you only like them after you have become familiar with their taste). When you've got a cold you often lose your sense of taste.
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a taste for sth C2 the fact of liking or enjoying something: I acquired a taste for classical music when I was living in Vienna. [S] a small amount of food: Have a taste of the sauce and tell me if it needs salt.
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taste noun (JUDGMENT)

B2 [C or U] a person's approval of and liking for particular things: I've never really cared much for flash new cars - old vintage cars are more to my taste (= what I like).B2 [U] approving a person's ability to judge and recognize what is good or suitable, especially relating to such matters as art, style, beauty, and behaviour: He has the most awful taste so you can probably imagine what his house looks like. His taste in clothes leaves a little to be desired.tastes B2 [plural] the things a person likes: I'm afraid I have expensive tastes (= I like expensive things).
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taste noun (EXPERIENCE)

B2 [S] a short experience of something: I had a taste of office work during the summer and that was quite enough.

taste

verb [T] uk   /teɪst/ us  

taste verb [T] (FOOD/DRINK)

B1 to put food or drink in your mouth to find out what flavour it has: Taste this sauce and tell me if it needs seasoning. Whatever's this? I've never tasted anything like it.taste good, bad, sweet, etc. B1 to have a particular flavour: This sauce tastes strange. The bread tastes of onions. This coffee tastes like dishwater!
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  • Taste the stew to see if it has enough salt.
  • How do you know you don't like it if you won't even taste it?
  • We all tasted the cake.
  • If you've ever tasted Carmen's cooking, you'll know what I mean.
  • She drew off a little of her home-made wine just to taste.

taste verb [T] (EXPERIENCE)

to experience something for a short time: Once you've tasted luxury it's very hard to settle for anything else.
(Definition of taste from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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