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Taste, vb. 1) trans. a) to perceive by means of the tongue and palate: “being early plucked, is sour to t.” Ven. 528. “man's hand is not able to t., his tongue to conceive . . . what my dream was,” Mids. IV, 1, 218 (Bottom's speech). “things sweet to t. prove in digestion sour,” R2 I, 3, 236. “when that the watery palate --s indeed love's thrice repured nectar,” Troil. III, 2, 22. “when it did t. the wormwood,” Rom. I, 3, 30.
b) to try by the tongue: “who did t. to him?” John V, 6, 28 ("allusion to the royal taster, whose office was to taste and declare the goodness of the wine and dishes." Dyce). “t. of it first, as thou art wont to do,” R2 V, 5, 99. “to t. sack and drink it,” H4A II, 4, 501.
c) to try, to prove in general: “some kind of men that put quarrels purposely on others, to t. their valour,” Tw. III, 4, 267. “here the Trojans t. our dearest repute with their finest palate,” Troil. I, 3, 337. “praise us as we are --d, allow us as we prove,” III, 2, 98. Sir Toby, with purposed affectation: “t. your legs, sir; put them to motion,” Tw. III, 1, 87; cf. Tw. III, 1, 87
d) to have a particular relish as of something extraneous to the thing itself: “you do yet t. some subtilties of the isle,” Tp. V, 123.
e) to eat or drink; properly and figuratively: “shows thee unripe; yet mayst thou well be --d,” Ven. 128. “dainties are made to t.” Ven. 128 “the one a palate hath that needs will t.” Compl. 167. “you are sick of self-love and t. with a distempered appetite,” Tw. I, 5, 98. “they might have lived to bear and he to t. their fruits of duty,” R2 III, 4, 62. “gall, worse than gall, the daintiest that they t.” H6B III, 2, 322. “let them not live to t. this land's increase,” R3 V, 5, 38. “this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part; being --d, slays all senses with the heart,” Rom. II, 3, 26. “go in and t. some wine with me,” Caes. II, 2, 126. “I'll prove it on thy heart, ere I t. bread,” Lr. V, 3, 94. “to t. the fruit of you celestial tree,” Per. I, 1, 21.
With of, in a partitive sense: “he shall t. of my bottle,” Tp. II, 2, 77. “will't please you t. of what is here?” III, 3, 42. “t. of these conserves,” Shr. Ind. 2, 3. “that we may t. of your wine,” H6A II, 3, 79. “which she . . . shall be assured to t. of too,” Cymb. I, 5, 82. “I'll now t. of thy drug,” IV, 2, 38.
f) to feel, to experience, to undergo, to suffer, to enjoy: “of this book this learning mayst thou t.” Sonn. 77, 4. “so shall I t. at first the very worst of fortune's might,” 90, 11. --ing it (grief), “their counsel turns to passion,” Ado V, 1, 22. “I trust to t. of truest Thisby sight,” Mids. V, 280 (Qq take). “never to t. the pleasures of the world,” John IV, 3, 68. “feel want, t. grief,” R2 III, 2, 176. “look to t. the due meet for rebellion,” H4B IV, 2, 116. “not a man of them that we shall take shall t. our mercy,” H5 IV, 7, 68. “never have you --d our reward,” H6A III, 4, 22. “the grief is fine, full, perfect, that I t.” Troil. IV, 4, 3. “and t. Lord Timon's bounty,” Tim. I, 1, 285. “hath put himself from rest and must needs t. his folly,” Lr. II, 4, 294. “all friends shall t. the wages of their virtue, and all foes the cup of their deservings,” V, 3, 302. “if the general camp had --d her sweet body,” Oth. III, 3, 346. “that you have --d her in bed,” Cymb. II, 4, 57. “let them be joyful too, for they shall t. our comfort,” V, 5, 403. “t. gentlemen of all fashions,” Per. IV, 2, 83. And thus even: “let me t. my horse,” H4A IV, 1, 119 (Ef and later Qq take). “I never --d Timon in my life, nor came any of his bounties over me,” Tim. III, 2, 84.
With of (partitively): “whose every word deserves to t. of thy most worst,” Wint. III, 2, 180. “how much salt water thrown away in waste, to season love that of it doth not t.” Rom. II, 3, 72. “all that of his bounties t.” Tim. I, 2, 129. V, 1, 61. “the valiant never t. of death but once,” Caes. II, 2, 33. “by --ing of our wrath,” Cymb. V, 5, 308. “those cities that of plenty's cup and her prosperities so largely t.” Per. I, 4, 53.
2) intr. to have a smack, to produce a particular sensation on the palate; properly and figuratively: “since my conversion so sweetly --s,” As IV, 3, 138. “for conspiracy, I know not how it --s,” Wint. III, 2, 73. “how --s it? is it bitter?” H8 II, 3, 89. “she will t. as like this as a crab does to a crab,” Lr. I, 5, 18. With of, to denote the particular smack: every idle, nice and wanton reason shall to the king t. of this action, H4BIV, 1, 192.
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