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taste

noun
 
 
/teɪst/
FOOD [C, U] B1 the flavour of a particular food in your mouth: a sweet/bitter taste It's got quite a strong taste.Flavours and tastes
ABILITY [U] B2 the ability to feel different flavours in your mouth: When you've got a cold you often lose your sense of taste.Flavours and tastesThe senses in general
a taste a small amount of food that you have in order to try it: Could I have just a taste of the sauce?Food - general wordsWords meaning small pieces and amounts
WHAT YOU LIKE [C, U] B2 the particular things you like, such as styles of music, clothes, decoration, etc: I don't like his taste in music. It's okay, but it's not really to my taste.Liking
ART/STYLE ETC [U] the ability to judge what is attractive or suitable, especially in things related to art, style, beauty, etc: Everything in his house is beautiful - he's got very good taste.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value
be in good taste to be acceptable in a way that will not upset or anger peoplePolite and respectfulPolite and respectful
be in bad/poor taste to be unacceptable in a way that will upset or anger people: He told a joke about a plane crash which I thought was in rather poor taste.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for badRude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
a taste for sth when you like or enjoy something: I've developed a bit of a taste for opera. Over the years I've lost my taste for travel.Liking
taste of sth B2 a short experience of something new: That was my first taste of Mexican culture.Testing, checking and experimenting
Translations of “taste”
in Korean 맛, 미각, 취향…
in Arabic طَعْم, مَذاق, ذَوق…
in French goût, goûter (à)…
in Turkish tat, lezzet, tat alma…
in Italian gusto, sapore…
in Chinese (Traditional) 味道, 味覺, 少許,一點…
in Russian вкус…
in Polish smak, gust, upodobanie…
in Spanish sabor, gusto, prueba…
in Portuguese gosto, sabor, paladar…
in German der Geschmack, die Kostprobe…
in Catalan gust…
in Japanese 味, 味覚, 好み…
in Chinese (Simplified) 味道, 味觉, 少许,一点儿…
(Definition of taste noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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