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Definition of 'touch'


  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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: trace ghost
  4. a distinguishing style; "this room needs a woman's touch"
       Synonyms: signature
  5. the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
       Synonyms: touching
  6. a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: contact
  8. a slight attack of illness; "he has a touch of rheumatism"
       Synonyms: spot
  9. the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan); "he watched the beggar trying to make a 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"
       Synonyms: touch sensation tactual sensation tactile sensation feeling
  11. deftness in handling matters; "he has a master's touch"
  12. the feel of mechanical action; "this piano has a wonderful touch"


  1. make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"
  2. perceive via the tactile sense; "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"
  3. affect emotionally; "A stirring movie"; "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"
       Synonyms: stir
  4. have to do with or be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
       Synonyms: refer pertain relate concern come to bear on touch on
  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"
       Synonyms: adjoin meet contact
  6. have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
       Synonyms: affect impact bear upon bear on touch on
  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"
  8. cause to be in brief contact with; "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks"
  9. to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall"
       Synonyms: reach extend to
  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"
       Synonyms: equal rival match
  11. tamper with; "Don't touch my CDs!"
       Synonyms: disturb
  12. make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
       Synonyms: allude advert
  13. comprehend; "He could not touch the meaning of the poem"
  14. consume; "She didn't touch her food all night"
       Synonyms: partake
  15. color lightly; "her greying hair was tinged blond"; "the leaves were tinged red in November"
       Synonyms: tint tinct tinge

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