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"taste" in British English

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tastenoun

uk   /teɪst/  us   /teɪst/
  • 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 usually an acquired taste (= you only like them after you have become familiar with their taste). When you have a cold you often lose your sense of taste.
See also
a taste for sth
C2 the fact of liking or enjoying something: She came home from Europe with a taste for art and the finer things in life.
[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'm not really into 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 terrible 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 have expensive tastes (= I like expensive things).

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tasteverb [T]

uk   /teɪst/  us   /teɪst/
  • 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. What is this? I've never tasted anything like it.
taste good, bad, sweet, etc.
B1 to have a particular flavour: This sauce tastes strange. This coffee tastes like dishwater!UK The bread tastes of onions.

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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.
(Definition of taste from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"taste" in American English

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tastenoun [C/U]

 us   /teɪst/
  • taste noun [C/U] (FLAVOR)

a flavor and feeling produced by food or drink in your mouth that tells you what it is and lets you appreciate it, or the ability to have this feeling: [U] Sugar has a sweet taste and lemons have a sour taste. [U] I’ve lost my taste for (= stopped enjoying the taste of) spicy foods.
A taste is also a small amount: [C usually sing] Have a taste of this sauce and tell me if it’s too salty. [C usually sing] fig. I had a taste of (= I briefly experienced) factory work last summer, and I didn’t like it at all.
  • taste noun [C/U] (JUDGMENT)

a person’s ability to judge and appreciate what is good and suitable, esp. in art, beauty, style, and behavior: [U] Barbara has good/poor taste in clothes.
Taste is also a person’s liking for or appreciation of something: [C] My son and I have very different tastes in music.

tasteverb

 us   /teɪst/
  • taste verb (HAVE FLAVOR)

to have a particular flavor: [L] Coffee always tastes good in the morning. [I always + adv/prep] This tastes as if/as though/like it has pepper in it. [T] I hope you can taste the garlic. [T] Taste (= try a little of) this and tell me if you like it.
(Definition of taste from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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