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English noun: taste

1. taste (cognition) the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus

SamplesThe candy left him with a bad taste.
The melon had a delicious taste.

Synonymsgustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste perception, taste sensation

Broader (hypernym)aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression

Narrower (hyponym)astringence, astringency, bitter, bitterness, finish, flatness, flavor, flavour, mellowness, nip, relish, salinity, salt, saltiness, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, sour, sourness, sugariness, sweet, sweetness, tang, tartness

2. taste (feeling) a strong liking

SamplesMy own preference is for good literature.
The Irish have a penchant for blarney.

Synonymspenchant, predilection, preference

Broader (hypernym)liking

Narrower (hyponym)acquired taste, weakness

3. taste (cognition) delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

SamplesArrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success.
To ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste.

Synonymsappreciation, discernment, perceptiveness

Broader (hypernym)discrimination, secernment

Narrower (hyponym)connoisseurship, culture, delicacy, discretion, style, trend, vertu, virtu, vogue

Attributetasteful, tasteless

4. taste (event) a brief experience of something

SamplesHe got a taste of life on the wild side.
She enjoyed her brief taste of independence.

Broader (hypernym)experience

5. taste (food) a small amount eaten or drunk

SamplesTake a taste--you'll like it.


Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

Narrower (hyponym)bit, bite, morsel, sup, swallow

Part meronymhelping, portion, serving

6. taste (cognition) the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth

SamplesHis cold deprived him of his sense of taste.

Synonymsgustation, gustatory modality, sense of taste

Broader (hypernym)exteroception, modality, sense modality, sensory system

7. taste (act) a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds

SamplesA wine tasting.


Broader (hypernym)perception, sensing

English verb: taste

1. taste (perception) have flavor; taste of something

ExamplesThe food does taste good

Synonymssavor, savour

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s Adjective/Noun

Narrower (hyponym)smack, taste

2. taste (perception) perceive by the sense of taste

SamplesCan you taste the garlic?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

Narrower (hyponym)savor, savour

3. taste (consumption) take a sample of

SamplesTry these new crackers.
Sample the regional dishes.

ExamplesThey taste more bread

Synonymssample, try, try out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in

Narrower (hyponym)degust

4. taste (perception) have a distinctive or characteristic taste

SamplesThis tastes of nutmeg.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)savor, savour, taste

5. taste (perception) distinguish flavors

SamplesWe tasted wines last night.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)identify


6. taste (cognition) experience briefly

SamplesThe ex-slave tasted freedom shortly before she died.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)experience, know, live

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