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King James Dictionary [1]


1. To perceive by means of the tongue to have a certain sensation in consequence of something applied to the tongue, the organ of taste as, to taste bread to taste wine to taste a sweet or an acid. 2. To try the relish of by the perception of the organs of taste. 3. To try by eating a little or to eat a little.

Because I tasted a little of this honey.  1 Samuel 14

4. To essay first. 5. To have pleasure from. 6. To experience to feel to undergo.

That he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.  Hebrews 2

7. To relish intellectually to enjoy.

Thou, Adam, wilt taste no pleasure.

8. To experience by shedding, as blood.

When Commodus had once tasted human blood, he became incapable of pity or remorse.

TASTE, To try by the mouth to eat or drink or to eat or drink a little only as, to taste of each kind of wine.

1. To have a smack to excite a particular sensation, by which the quality or flavor is distinguished as, butter tastes of garlic apples boiled in a brass-kettle, sometimes taste of brass. 2. To distinguish intellectually.

Scholars, when good sense describing,

Call it tasting and imbibing.

3. To try the relish of any thing. Taste of the fruits taste for yourself. 4. To be tinctured to have a particular quality or character.

Ev'ry idle, nice and wanton reason

Shall, to the king, taste of this action.

5. To experience to have perception of.

The valiant never taste of death but once.

6. To take to be enjoyed.

Of nature's bounty men forbore to taste.

7. To enjoy sparingly.

For age but tastes of pleasures, youth devours.

8. To have the experience or enjoyment of.

They who have tasted of the heavenly gift, and the good word of God.  Hebrews 6

TASTE, n. The act of tasting gustation.

1. A particular sensation excited in an animal by the application of a substance to the tongue, the proper organ as the taste of an orange or an apple a bitter taste an acid taste a sweet taste. 2. The sense by which we perceive the relish of a thing. This sense appears to reside in the tongue or its papillae. Men have a great variety of tastes. In the influenza of 1790, the taste, for some days, was entirely extinguished. 3. Intellectual relish as, he had no taste of true glory.

I have no taste

Of popular applause.

Note. In this use, the word is now followed by for. "He had no taste for glory." When followed by of, the sense is ambiguous, or rather it denotes experience, trial.

4. Judgment discernment nice perception, or the power of perceiving and relishing excellence in human performances the faculty of discerning beauty, order, congruity, proportion, symmetry, or whatever constitutes excellence, particularly in the fine arts and belles lettres. Taste is not wholly the gift of nature, nor wholly the effect of art. It depends much on culture. We say, a good taste, or a fine taste. 5. Style manner, with respect to what is pleasing as a poem or music composed in good taste. 6. Essay trial experiment. Not in use. 7. A small portion given as a specimen. 8. A bit a little piece tasted or eaten.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): ( v. t.) To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of.

(2): ( n.) A kind of narrow and thin silk ribbon.

(3): ( n.) The act of tasting; gustation.

(4): ( n.) A small portion given as a specimen; a little piece tastted of eaten; a bit.

(5): ( n.) Essay; trial; experience; experiment.

(6): ( n.) Manner, with respect to what is pleasing, refined, or in accordance with good usage; style; as, music composed in good taste; an epitaph in bad taste.

(7): ( n.) The power of perceiving and relishing excellence in human performances; the faculty of discerning beauty, order, congruity, proportion, symmetry, or whatever constitutes excellence, particularly in the fine arts and belles-letters; critical judgment; discernment.

(8): ( n.) Intellectual relish; liking; fondness; - formerly with of, now with for; as, he had no taste for study.

(9): ( n.) The one of the five senses by which certain properties of bodies (called their taste, savor, flavor) are ascertained by contact with the organs of taste.

(10): ( n.) A particular sensation excited by the application of a substance to the tongue; the quality or savor of any substance as perceived by means of the tongue; flavor; as, the taste of an orange or an apple; a bitter taste; an acid taste; a sweet taste.

(11): ( v. i.) To try food with the mouth; to eat or drink a little only; to try the flavor of anything; as, to taste of each kind of wine.

(12): ( v. i.) To have perception, experience, or enjoyment; to partake; as, to taste of nature's bounty.

(13): ( v. i.) To take sparingly.

(14): ( v. i.) To have a smack; to excite a particular sensation, by which the specific quality or flavor is distinguished; to have a particular quality or character; as, this water tastes brackish; the milk tastes of garlic.

(15): ( v. t.) To partake of; to participate in; - usually with an implied sense of relish or pleasure.

(16): ( v. t.) To become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to experience; to undergo.

(17): ( v. t.) 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.

(18): ( v. t.) To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow.

Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types [3]

 Psalm 34:8 (a) By this is represented the affectionate love of the Christian for the Lord Himself. The believer seeks to appropriate as much as his heart and mind can hold. It is one of those indescribable experiences which cannot be explained. You may taste an orange, and know at once what it is, but you cannot explain it to another. So the sweetness of knowing Christ can only be experienced by each individual himself.

 Psalm 119:103 (a) This picture represents the blessed effects upon the heart and soul of believing and loving the Word of GOD.

 Song of Solomon 2:3 (c) Here is described the complete satisfaction of the believer's heart when he appropriates GOD's provisions for his life.

 Luke 9:27 (a) This unusual expression is used to describe the strange experience of the consciousness of approaching death. (See also  Matthew 16:28;  Mark 9:1;  John 8:52).

 Luke 14:24 (b) Our Lord gives a solemn warning here to unsaved people, and to hypocrites. They will never have any experience whatever of the blessings of salvation here, nor of the presence of GOD hereafter.

 Colossians 2:21 (b) We are being warned to stay entirely away from the pleasures of the world lest the slightest experience with them entice us to seek more of them.

 Hebrews 2:9 (a) Our Lord deliberately partook of the experience of death. It did not happen to Him. It was not by accident. It was deliberately planned.

 Hebrews 6:4 (b) This is a description of the experience of the unsaved sinner when he is brought under the power of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit deals with his soul, and the things of eternal life are made vivid to him. After such an experience, the person described in this passage turns away and refuses to accept GOD's message, either about Himself, or about the Saviour.

 1 Peter 2:3 (b) The Christian has received a little foretaste of the blessings of Heaven, and this makes him hungry for more. GOD gives us glimpses here of the glory that is to follow. We only get crumbs here, but the full loaf will be given when We see His face.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [4]

1: Γεύομαι (Strong'S #1089 — Verb — geuo — ghyoo'-om-ahee )

"to make to taste," is used in the Middle Voice, signifying "to taste" (a) naturally,  Matthew 27:34;  Luke 14:24;  John 2:9;  Colossians 2:21; (b) metaphorically, of Christ's "tasting" death, implying His personal experience in voluntarily undergoing death,  Hebrews 2:9; of believers (negatively) as to "tasting" of death,  Matthew 16:28;  Mark 9:1;  Luke 9:27;  John 8:52; of "tasting" the heavenly gift (different from receiving it),  Hebrews 6:4; "the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come,"  Hebrews 6:5; "that the Lord is gracious,"  1—Peter 2:3 . See Eat.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [5]

tāst (Hebrew טעם , ṭa‛am , "the sense of taste," "perception," from טעם , ṭā'am , "to taste," "to perceive"; Aramaic טעם , ṭe‛ēm , "flavor," "taste" (of a thing); Hebrew חך , ḥēkh , "palate," "roof of the mouth" = "taste"; γεύομας , geúomai  ; noun γεῦσις , geúsis  ; in   2 Maccabees 7:1 the verb is ἐφάπτομαι , epháptomai ):

(1) Literal:

( a ) Gustation, to try by the tongue: "The taste ( ṭa‛am ) of it (manna) was like wafers made with honey" (  Exodus 16:31 ); "Doth not the ear try words, even as the palate ( ḥēkh ) tasteth ( ṭā‛am ) its food?" ( Job 12:11 ); "Belshazzar, while he tasted (literally, "at the taste of," ṭe‛em ) the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king and his lords, his wives and his concubines, might drink therefrom" ( Daniel 5:2 ). ( b ) "To sample," "to eat but a small morsel": "I did certainly taste ( ṭā‛am ) a little honey with the end of the rod that was in my hand; and, lo, I must die" ( 1 Samuel 14:43 ).

(2) Figurative:

"To experience," "to perceive": "Oh taste and see that Yahweh is good" ( Psalm 34:8; compare  1 Peter 2:3 ); "How sweet are thy words unto my taste!" (margin "palate," ḥēkh ) ( Psalm 119:103 ); "That by the grace of God he should taste of death for every man" ( Hebrews 2:9 ); "For as touching those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come ..." ( Hebrews 6:4 ,  Hebrews 6:5 ).