Taste Taste (t[=a]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tasted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tasting}.] [OE. tasten to feel, to taste, OF. taster, F. tater to feel, to try by the touch, to try, to taste, (assumed) LL. taxitare, fr. L. taxare to touch sharply, to estimate. See {Tax}, v. t.] 1. To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow. [Obs.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

Taste it well and stone thou shalt it find. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To try by the touch of the tongue; to perceive the relish or flavor of (anything) by taking a small quantity into a mouth. Also used figuratively. [1913 Webster]

When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine. --John ii. 9. [1913 Webster]

When Commodus had once tasted human blood, he became incapable of pity or remorse. --Gibbon. [1913 Webster]

3. To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of. [1913 Webster]

I tasted a little of this honey. --1 Sam. xiv. 29. [1913 Webster]

4. To become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to experience; to undergo. [1913 Webster]

He . . . should taste death for every man. --Heb. ii. 9. [1913 Webster]

5. To partake of; to participate in; -- usually with an implied sense of relish or pleasure. [1913 Webster]

Thou . . . wilt taste No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitary. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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