|Origin:||taster 'to touch, test, taste', from Vulgar Latin taxitare, from Latin taxare; TAX2|
1 [linking verb]DFCT
to have a particular kind of taste
taste good/delicious/sweet/fresh etc
Mmm! This tastes good!
The food tasted better than it looked.
taste awful/disgusting etc
The liver tasted awful and the potatoes had not been cooked for long enough.
This yoghurt tastes of strawberries.
It didn't taste much of ginger.
It tastes just like champagne to me.
What does pumpkin taste like (=how would you describe its taste)?
a sweet-tasting soup
a bitter-tasting liquid
2 [transitive not in progressive]DF
to experience or recognize the taste of food or drink:
She could taste blood.
Can you taste the difference?
It was like nothing I'd ever tasted before.
to eat or drink a small amount of something to see what it is like:
It's always best to keep tasting the food while you're cooking it.
to have a short experience of something that you want more of:
There was a lot of hard work before we first tasted success.