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TASTE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does taste mean? 

TASTE (noun)
  The noun TASTE has 7 senses:

1. the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus
2. a strong liking
3. delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
4. a brief experience of something
5. a small amount eaten or drunk
6. the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth
7. a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds

  Familiarity information: TASTE used as a noun is common.


TASTE (verb)
  The verb TASTE has 6 senses:

1. have flavor; taste of something
2. take a sample of
3. perceive by the sense of taste
4. have a distinctive or characteristic taste
5. distinguish flavors
6. experience briefly

  Familiarity information: TASTE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TASTE (noun)


Sense 1taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

taste sensation; taste perception; taste; gustatory sensation; gustatory perception

Context examples:

the candy left him with a bad taste / the melon had a delicious taste

Hypernyms ("taste" is a kind of...):

aesthesis; esthesis; sensation; sense datum; sense experience; sense impression (an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "taste"):

flavor; flavour; nip; relish; sapidity; savor; savour; smack; tang (the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth)

mellowness (a taste (especially of fruit) that is ripe and of full flavor)

flatness (a deficiency in flavor)

finish ((wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed))

astringence; astringency (a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker)

salinity; salt; saltiness (the taste experience when common salt is taken into the mouth)

bitter; bitterness (the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth)

sour; sourness; tartness (the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth)

sugariness; sweet; sweetness (the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth)


Sense 2taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A strong liking

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

penchant; preference; taste; predilection

Context examples:

my own preference is for good literature / the Irish have a penchant for blarney

Hypernyms ("taste" is a kind of...):

liking (a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "taste"):

acquired taste (a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience)

weakness (a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you)


Sense 3taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

appreciation; discernment; perceptiveness; taste

Context examples:

arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success / to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste

Hypernyms ("taste" is a kind of...):

discrimination; secernment (the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished)

Attribute:

tasteful (having or showing or conforming to good taste)

tasteless (lacking aesthetic or social taste)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "taste"):

culture (the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group)

delicacy; discretion (refined taste; tact)

style; trend; vogue (the popular taste at a given time)

connoisseurship; vertu; virtu (love of or taste for fine objects of art)


Sense 4taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A brief experience of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context examples:

he got a taste of life on the wild side / she enjoyed her brief taste of independence

Hypernyms ("taste" is a kind of...):

experience (an event as apprehended)


Sense 5taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small amount eaten or drunk

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

mouthful; taste

Context example:

take a taste--you'll like it

Hypernyms ("taste" is a kind of...):

small indefinite amount; small indefinite quantity (an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "taste"):

sup; swallow (a small amount of liquid food)

bit; bite; morsel (a small amount of solid food; a mouthful)

Holonyms ("taste" is a part of...):

helping; portion; serving (an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal)


Sense 6taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

gustation; gustatory modality; sense of taste; taste

Context example:

his cold deprived him of his sense of taste

Hypernyms ("taste" is a kind of...):

modality; sense modality; sensory system (a particular sense)

exteroception (sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body)


Sense 7taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

tasting; taste

Context example:

a wine tasting

Hypernyms ("taste" is a kind of...):

perception; sensing (becoming aware of something via the senses)


TASTE (verb)


Sense 1taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have flavor; taste of something

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

savour; taste; savor

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "taste"):

smack; taste (have a distinctive or characteristic taste)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something ----s Adjective/Noun

Sentence example:

The food does taste good


Sense 2taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take a sample of

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

sample; taste; try out; try

Context examples:

Try these new crackers / Sample the regional dishes

Hypernyms (to "taste" is one way to...):

consume; have; ingest; take; take in (serve oneself to, or consume regularly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "taste"):

degust (taste with relish)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They taste more bread


Sense 3taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Perceive by the sense of taste

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

Can you taste the garlic?

Hypernyms (to "taste" is one way to...):

comprehend; perceive (to become aware of through the senses)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "taste"):

savor; savour (taste appreciatively)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 4taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have a distinctive or characteristic taste

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

smack; taste

Context example:

This tastes of nutmeg

Hypernyms (to "taste" is one way to...):

savor; savour; taste (have flavor; taste of something)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Distinguish flavors

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

We tasted wines last night

Hypernyms (to "taste" is one way to...):

identify (consider to be equal or the same)

"Taste" entails doing...:

taste (perceive by the sense of taste)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6taste [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Experience briefly

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

The ex-slave tasted freedom shortly before she died

Hypernyms (to "taste" is one way to...):

experience; know; live (have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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