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Meaning & Definition of Touch in English

English

Touch

/təʧ/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • touching

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • sense of touch
  • ,
  • skin senses
  • ,
  • touch modality
  • ,
  • cutaneous senses

3. A suggestion of some quality

  • "There was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"
  • "He detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • trace
  • ,
  • ghost

4. A distinguishing style

  • "This room needs a woman's touch"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • signature

5. The act of putting two things together with no space between them

  • "At his touch the room filled with lights"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • touching

6. A slight but appreciable amount

  • "This dish could use a touch of garlic"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • hint
  • ,
  • tinge
  • ,
  • mite
  • ,
  • pinch
  • ,
  • jot
  • ,
  • speck
  • ,
  • soupcon

7. A communicative interaction

  • "The pilot made contact with the base"
  • "He got in touch with his colleagues"
    synonym:
  • contact
  • ,
  • touch

8. A slight attack of illness

  • "He has a touch of rheumatism"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • spot

9. The act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan)

  • "He watched the beggar trying to make a touch"
    synonym:
  • touch

10. The sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin

  • "She likes the touch of silk on her skin"
  • "The surface had a greasy feeling"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • touch sensation
  • ,
  • tactual sensation
  • ,
  • tactile sensation
  • ,
  • feeling

11. Deftness in handling matters

  • "He has a master's touch"
    synonym:
  • touch

12. The feel of mechanical action

  • "This piano has a wonderful touch"
    synonym:
  • touch

verb

1. Make physical contact with, come in contact with

  • "Touch the stone for good luck"
  • "She never touched her husband"
    synonym:
  • touch

2. Perceive via the tactile sense

  • "Helen keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"
    synonym:
  • touch

3. Affect emotionally

  • "A stirring movie"
  • "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • stir

4. Be relevant to

  • "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"
  • "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
    synonym:
  • refer
  • ,
  • pertain
  • ,
  • relate
  • ,
  • concern
  • ,
  • come to
  • ,
  • bear on
  • ,
  • touch
  • ,
  • touch on
  • ,
  • have-to doe with

5. Be in direct physical contact with

  • Make contact
  • "The two buildings touch"
  • "Their hands touched"
  • "The wire must not contact the metal cover"
  • "The surfaces contact at this point"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • adjoin
  • ,
  • meet
  • ,
  • contact

6. Have an effect upon

  • "Will the new rules affect me?"
    synonym:
  • affect
  • ,
  • impact
  • ,
  • bear upon
  • ,
  • bear on
  • ,
  • touch on
  • ,
  • touch

7. 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"
    synonym:
  • touch

8. Cause to be in brief contact with

  • "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks"
    synonym:
  • touch

9. To extend as far as

  • "The sunlight reached the wall"
  • "Can he reach?" "the chair must not touch the wall"
    synonym:
  • reach
  • ,
  • extend to
  • ,
  • touch

10. Be equal to in quality or ability

  • "Nothing can rival cotton for durability"
  • "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"
  • "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"
    synonym:
  • equal
  • ,
  • touch
  • ,
  • rival
  • ,
  • match

11. Tamper with

  • "Don't touch my cds!"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • disturb

12. Make a more or less disguised reference to

  • "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
    synonym:
  • allude
  • ,
  • touch
  • ,
  • advert

13. Comprehend

  • "He could not touch the meaning of the poem"
    synonym:
  • touch

14. Consume

  • "She didn't touch her food all night"
    synonym:
  • partake
  • ,
  • touch

15. Color lightly

  • "Her greying hair was tinged blond"
  • "The leaves were tinged red in november"
    synonym:
  • tint
  • ,
  • tinct
  • ,
  • tinge
  • ,
  • touch

Examples of using

Hey, what are you doing? Don't touch it, or you'll break the balance!
Don't touch fish in order that your arms didn't smell like fish.
There's one more aspect I'd like to touch upon during our conversation.