[ UK /tˈʌt‍ʃ/ ]
[ US /ˈtətʃ/ ]
  1. affect emotionally
    A stirring movie
    I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy
  2. make physical contact with, come in contact with
    Touch the stone for good luck
    She never touched her husband
  3. make a more or less disguised reference to
    He alluded to the problem but did not mention it
  4. to extend as far as
    Can he reach?
    The chair must not touch the wall
    The sunlight reached the wall
  5. be equal to in quality or ability
    Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues
    Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents
    Nothing can rival cotton for durability
  6. deal with; usually used with a form of negation
    I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole
    The local Mafia won't touch gambling
  7. tamper with
    Don't touch my CDs!
  8. color lightly
    the leaves were tinged red in November
    her greying hair was tinged blond
  9. consume
    She didn't touch her food all night
  10. cause to be in brief contact with
    He touched his toes to the horse's flanks
  11. perceive via the tactile sense
    Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her
  12. be relevant to
    There were lots of questions referring to her talk
    My remark pertained to your earlier comments
  13. have an effect upon
    Will the new rules affect me?
  14. be in direct physical contact with; make contact
    The wire must not contact the metal cover
    The two buildings touch
    The surfaces contact at this point
    Their hands touched
  15. comprehend
    He could not touch the meaning of the poem
  1. a slight but appreciable amount
    this dish could use a touch of garlic
  2. a slight attack of illness
    he has a touch of rheumatism
  3. the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands)
    only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us
  4. the event of something coming in contact with the body
    he longed for the touch of her hand
    the cooling touch of the night air
  5. deftness in handling matters
    he has a master's touch
  6. the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin
    the surface had a greasy feeling
    she likes the touch of silk on her skin
  7. a communicative interaction
    the pilot made contact with the base
    he got in touch with his colleagues
  8. the feel of mechanical action
    this piano has a wonderful touch
  9. a distinguishing style
    this room needs a woman's touch
  10. the act of putting two things together with no space between them
    at his touch the room filled with lights
  11. a suggestion of some quality
    he detected a ghost of a smile on her face
    there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone
  12. the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan)
    he watched the beggar trying to make a touch
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How To Use touch In A Sentence

  • I don't touch garlic.
  • It is, we learned, easier to learn to fly a plane than to master touch-typing. Radio review: Fry's English Delight: The Trial Of Qwerty
  • It is by these special touches that the author infuses the books with the spirit of humanity, without which a fantasy becomes an empty fancy.
  • There is probably room for a touch more earthiness, a little more hardness in her approach to a Don José who is always going to be putty in her hands.
  • It gives a little bling to the foulard and the masculine touch gives it an astute edge. Gina Pell: What To Wear In 2010
  • If head-to-toe leopard seems a bit too Big Cat Diary to appeal, then a waterproof rucksack or bumbag in the same print are an easy way to add a distinctive touch to a more classic outfit. The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed
  • The quick touch buttons on the top are not really "touchable," you have to smudge (grind) the button a little to use it. Newegg.com RSS Feed - Daily Deals
  • For a few odd and unsettling moments, the song hovers on its own, left virtually untouched except for the subtle fuzz of static in the background.
  • I couldn't stand there and risk someone being a bit shirty with him so I touched him lightly on the arm and indicated that he should stand on the right.
  • Written with charm and humour, this is a touching, absorbing oddity of a book about love, grief, avarice and generosity.
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