Definition of “taste” - English Dictionary

“taste” in English

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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.


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)