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degustating is a present participle form of degustate



to taste with relish


consumption verb (eating and drinking)

Past tense:


Present participle:


3rd-person singular present:


Type of:

sample » consume

Original source:

Princeton WordNet




from Latin dēgustāre, from gustāre, from gustus a tasting, taste
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

degustate | degust | savour [synonym, sense-specific]

Same as "degust" | [rare] to taste, especially with care or relish; savour (12 of 267 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)



taste | tasted [past tense] | tasting [present participle] | tastes [3rd-person singular present] | degustate [transitive, rare] | degustated [transitive, rare, past tense] | degustating [transitive, rare, present participle] | degustates [transitive, rare, 3rd-person singular present] | gustativo [Italian] | ...

One of the sensations produced by the tongue in response to certain chemicals (Wikipedia). | [countable, uncountable] A person's implicit set of preferences, especially esthetic, though also culinary, sartorial, etc. (Wikipedia). | [uncountable, ... (31 of 122 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

degust | degustate

to taste or savor carefully or appreciatively. (7 of 15 words, pronunciations)



degustation | degust [transitive verb, related]

the action or an instance of tasting especially in a series of small portions (14 of 49 words, pronunciations)


Oxford Dictionary:

degust [transitive, rare] | degustation [derived]

taste (something) carefully to appreciate it fully (7 of 49 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


degust | degustation [derived]

Syllabification: (de·gust) | [transitive, rare] | taste (something) carefully, so as to appreciate it fully. (13 of 49 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/degust

American Heritage Dictionary:

degust | degusted [past tense] | degusting [present participle] | degusts [3rd-person singular present] | degustation [noun, related]

To taste with relish; savor. (5 of 31 words, pronunciations)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

taste [sense] | gustation [synonym]

the detection and identification by the sensory system of dissolved chemicals placed in contact with some part of an animal. Because the term taste is ... (25 of 54 words, 2 images)



Sample [disambiguation] | samples

may refer to: Sample (statistics), a subset of a population | Sample (signal), a digital discrete sample of a continuous analog signal | Sample (material), a specimen or small quantity of something | Sample (graphics), an intersection of a color... (37 of 273 words, 23 definitions)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

taste | umami

response to chemical stimulation that enables an organism to detect flavors. In humans and most vertebrate animals, taste is produced by the ... (22 of 218 words)


New World Dictionary:

sample | sampled [past tense] | sampling [present participle]

a part, piece, or item taken or shown as representative of a whole thing, group, species, etc.; specimen; pattern | an illustration; example | a small ... (24 of 112 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

sample [entry 1]

a small amount of something that shows you what the rest is or should be like | a small amount of a substance that a doctor or scientist collects in ... (29 of 101 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sample 1

sample [entry 2]

a small part of a song which has been recorded and used to make a new piece of music (19 of 28 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sample 2

sample [entry 3]

to taste a small amount of food or drink to decide whether you like it | to experience a place or an activity, often for the first time (27 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sample 3

sample [entry 4, specialized]

to record part of a song and use the recording to make a new piece of music (17 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sample 4

Macmillan British Dictionary:

try out [transitive] | tried out [past tense] | trying out [present participle] | tries out [3rd-person singular present]

to test someone or something to see what they are like or whether they are suitable or effective (18 of 82 words, 2 usage examples)


Encarta Dictionary:

try out

to undergo a competitive test of suitability, especially for a place on a sports team or for a part as an actor | Same as tryv (sense 1) (27 of 47 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861722285​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

degustate | degust

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin dēgustāre, from gustāre, from gustus a tasting, taste


American Heritage Dictionary:

degust | degusted [past tense] | degusting [present participle] | degusts [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin dēgustāre: dē-, de- + gustāre, to taste; see geus- in Indo-European roots.


Oxford Dictionary:

degust [transitive, rare]

First use: early 17th century

Origin: Latin degustare, from de- "completely" + gustare "to taste"


Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

degustate | degust

Audio: British English pronunciation of "degustate"


degust [rare] | degustate

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "degust"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "degust"


the Free Dictionary:


Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "degust"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "degust"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "degust" by speech synthesizer


Google Dictionary:

degust | degusted [past tense] | degusting [present participle] | degusts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "degust"


Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:


Audio: North American pronunciation of "degust"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=degust​02 word=degust

YourDictionary Audio:


Audio: North American English pronunciation of "degust" by speech synthesizer


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