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a. Hearty enjoyment or appreciation: "pausing with the relish of a man who knows he's about to get off a zinger" (Tad Friend). See Synonyms at zest.
b. Something that lends pleasure or zest: The fact that the opposing team is our longtime rival was an added relish to our victory.
c. A keen liking for something: a relish for adventure.
a. A spicy or savory condiment or appetizer, such as chutney or olives.
b. A condiment of chopped sweet pickles.
3. Archaic
a. The flavor of a food, especially when appetizing.
b. A trace or suggestion of a pleasurable quality.
v. rel·ished, rel·ish·ing, rel·ish·es
a. To take keen pleasure in; enjoy fully: relished every minute of their vacation.
b. To be pleased with or look forward to: I don't relish speaking with that student's parents about his behavior.
2. Archaic To give spice or flavor to.
Archaic To have a pleasing or distinctive taste.

[Alteration of Middle English reles, taste, from Old French, something remaining, from relaissier, to leave behind; see release.]
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Noun1.relishing - taking a small amount into the mouth to test its qualityrelishing - taking a small amount into the mouth to test its quality; "cooking was fine but it was the savoring that he enjoyed most"
eating, feeding - the act of consuming food
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Cardenio, then, being, as I said, now mad, when he heard himself given the lie, and called a scoundrel and other insulting names, not relishing the jest, snatched up a stone that he found near him, and with it delivered such a blow on Don Quixote's breast that he laid him on his back.
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