Quick answer
"Degustar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to taste", and "probar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to test". Learn more about the difference between "degustar" and "probar" below.
degustar(
deh
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goos
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tahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to try)
a. to taste
En el menú especial de hoy, podrán degustar nuestra especialidad.As part of today's special menu, you will be able to taste our specialty.
2. (to relish)
a. to savor
Degusté el helado lentamente y con los ojos cerrados.I savored the ice cream slowly and with my eyes closed.
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probar(
proh
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bahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to trial)
a. to test
Se tiene que probar este producto antes de venderlo.This product needs to be tested before selling it.
b. to try
¿Ya probaste la tarjeta a ver si funciona?Did you try the card to see if it works?
2. (culinary)
a. to taste
Déjame probar la sopa.Let me taste the soup.
b. to try
Nunca había probado cuy hasta ahora.I had never tried guinea pig until now.
3. (to demonstrate)
a. to prove
Solo el tiempo probará que estás equivocado.Only time can prove you that you're wrong.
probarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
4. (clothing)
a. to try on
¿Por qué no te pruebas el vestido antes de comprarlo?Why don't you try the dress on before buying it?
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