zest

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
zest

Plural
zests

  1. (uncountable), (informal) If you have zest, you are full of excitement or enthusiasm; you are full of life.
  2. (uncountable), (informal) If food has zest, it has a lot of flavor. It might be spicy.
    The hot peppers add zest to the soup.
  3. (uncountable), (informal) If music has zest, it is fast and lively.
    Play it with more zest this time.
  4. (countable) or (uncountable) The outer skin of a citrus fruit, used as a flavouring.

Synonyms[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
zest

Third-person singular
zests

Past tense
zested

Past participle
zested

Present participle
zesting

  1. (cooking) If you zest something, you take the zest off of the fruit.

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