if you have a taste of some food or drink, you put a small amount in your mouth to try it:
You must have a taste of the fruitcake.
what you like
[uncountable and countable]the kind of things that someone likesCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS taste in music/clothes/men etc have similar/different tastes develop/acquire a taste for something (=start to like something) suit/satisfy/cater for somebody's tastes (=provide what someone likes) have expensive tastes (=like expensive things) something is a matter of taste (=it depends on what kind of things you like) personal taste musical taste (=the kind of music someone likes) be too bright/modern/dark etc for somebody's taste (=used when saying that you did not like something because it was too bright, modern, dark etc) be to somebody's taste (=if something is to your taste, you like it) there's no accounting for taste (=used humorously to say that you do not understand why someone has chosen something) something is an acquired taste (=people only usually start to like something after they have tried it several times)
if you add salt, spices etc to taste, you add as much as you think makes it taste right - used in instructions in cook books:
Add salt to taste.
➔ give somebody a taste of their own medicine
at medicine (4)WORD FOCUS: taste WORD FOCUS: taste delicious/tastytastes very good disgustingtastes very bad hot/spicyhas a lot of spices blandboring and with not very much taste sweethas a lot of sugar saltyhas a lot of salt sourused about fruit that is not sweet bitterused about coffee, chocolate, or medicine that is not at all sweettaste ➔flavour
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.