taste (v.)
try out, test, put to the proof
KJ III.i.148[King John to Cardinal Pandulph] What earthy name to interrogatories / Can taste the free breath of a sacred king? [F tast >> task (v.)]
TC III.ii.89[Troilus to Cressida, of lovers] Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove
Tim III.ii.79[First Stranger to Second and Third Strangers] I never tasted Timon in my life [or: experience his qualities]
TN III.i.76[Sir Toby to Viola as Cesario] Taste your legs, sir; put them in motion
TN III.iv.239[Viola as Cesario to Sir Toby] I have heard of some kind of men that put quarrels purposely on others to taste their valour
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