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taste (tāst)

  1. The sense that distinguishes the sweet, sour, salty, and bitter qualities of dissolved substances in contact with the taste buds on the tongue.

  2. This sense in combination with the senses of smell and touch, which together receive a sensation of a substance in the mouth.

  3. The sensation of sweet, sour, salty, or bitter qualities produced by or as if by a substance placed in the mouth.

  4. The unified sensation produced by any of these qualities plus a distinct smell and texture; flavor.

v. tast·ed, tast·ing, tastes
  1. To distinguish the flavor of something by taking it into the mouth.

  2. To eat or drink a small quantity of something.

  3. To distinguish flavors in the mouth.

  4. To have a distinct flavor.

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