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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Taste v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Tasting.]
 1. To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow. [Obs.]
    Taste it well and stone thou shalt it find.   --Chaucer.
 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.
    When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine.   --John ii. 9.
    When Commodus had once tasted human blood, he became incapable of pity or remorse.   --Gibbon.
 3. To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of.
    I tasted a little of this honey.   --1 Sam. xiv. 29.
 4. To become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to experience; to undergo.
    He . . . should taste death for every man.   --Heb. ii. 9.
 5. To partake of; to participate in; -- usually with an implied sense of relish or pleasure.
 Thou . . . wilt taste
 No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitary.   --Milton.