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v. tast·ed, tast·ing, tastes
1. To distinguish the flavor of by taking into the mouth.
2. To eat or drink a small quantity of.
3. To partake of, especially for the first time; experience: prisoners finally tasting freedom.
4. Archaic To appreciate or enjoy.
1. To distinguish flavors in the mouth.
2. To have a distinct flavor: The stew tastes salty.
3. To eat or drink a small amount.
4. To have experience or enjoyment; partake: tasted of the life of the very rich.
a. The sense that distinguishes the sweet, sour, salty, and bitter qualities of dissolved substances in contact with the taste buds on the tongue.
b. This sense in combination with the senses of smell and touch, which together receive a sensation of a substance in the mouth.
a. The sensation of sweet, sour, salty, or bitter qualities produced by a substance placed in the mouth.
b. The unified sensation produced by any of these qualities plus a distinct smell and texture; flavor.
c. A distinctive perception as if by the sense of taste: an experience that left a bad taste in my mouth.
3. The act of tasting.
4. A small quantity eaten or tasted.
5. A limited or first experience; a sample: "Thousands entered the war, got just a taste of it, and then stepped out" (Mark Twain).
6. A personal preference or liking: a taste for adventure; a play that was not to my taste.
7. The ability to recognize and appreciate what is beautiful, excellent, or appropriate: has good taste in clothes.
8. The sense of what is proper, seemly, or least likely to give offense in a given social situation: a remark made in bad taste.
9. Obsolete The act of testing; trial.

[Middle English tasten, to touch, taste, from Old French taster, from Vulgar Latin *tastāre, probably alteration of Latin *taxāre, probably frequentative of tangere, to touch; see tag- in Indo-European roots.]

tast′a·ble adj.
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an event at which people can sample food or drink
See also wine tasting
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tasting - a small amount (especially of food or wine)tasting - a small amount (especially of food or wine)
finish - (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed); "the wine has a nutty flavor and a pleasant finish"
sample - a small part of something intended as representative of the whole
2.tasting - a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds; "a wine tasting"
sensing, perception - becoming aware of something via the senses
3.tasting - taking a small amount into the mouth to test its qualitytasting - 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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[ˈteɪstɪŋ] ndégustation f
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And ye tell me, friends, that there is to be no dispute about taste and tasting? But all life is a dispute about taste and tasting!
Therefore what he gives (Whose praise be ever sung) to man in part Spiritual, may of purest Spirits be found No ingrateful food: and food alike those pure Intelligential substances require As doth your Rational; and both contain Within them every lower facultie Of sense, whereby they hear, see, smell, touch, taste, Tasting concoct, digest, assimilate, And corporeal to incorporeal turn.
The acid bite of belly desire had long since deserted him, and he, too, ate from a sense of duty, all meat tasting alike to him.
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