touches; touched; touching
touches; touched; touching
Learner's definition of TOUCH
1 : to put your hand, fingers, etc., on someone or something
Please do not touch the statue.
Slowly bend forward and try to touch your toes.
Stop touching your sister.
He tried to touch the snake with a stick.
[no object] — usually used in negative statements
2 : to be in contact with (something) — used to say that one thing is directly against another thing with no space between
3 a : to change or move (something) — usually used in negative statements
b : to harm (someone or something)
Don't touch anything before the police come.
Your things haven't been touched while you were away.
This room hasn't been touched in 20 years.
Their house burned to the ground, but the house next door wasn't touched by the fire.
I won't let anyone touch you. = I won't let anyone touch a hair on your head.
4 a : to deal with or work on (something) b : to become involved with (someone or something)
He's a good player, but since he failed the drug test, no team will touch him.
Everything she touches turns to gold. [=everything she is involved with becomes successful]
5 [+ object] : to use (something) — usually used in negative statements
She never touches [=drinks] alcohol.
The dog hasn't touched [=eaten] its food.
We haven't touched the money in our savings account.
Alcohol? I never touch the stuff.
6 a : to affect or involve (someone) b : to affect the feelings of (someone) : to cause (someone) to feel an emotion (such as sympathy or gratitude)
His neighbors' acts of kindness touched him deeply.
She wants to touch her audience through her music.
The story seemed to touch the hearts of the students.
7 [+ object] : to influence (something) 8 [+ object] : to be as good as (someone or something) — usually used in negative statements 9 [+ object], chiefly British : to reach (a particular level or amount) 10 [+ object], baseball : to get a hit off or score a run against (a pitcher) — usually + for 11 [+ object], literary : to appear on (something)
not touch (someone or something) with a ten-foot pole(US)informalor Britishnot touch (someone or something) with a bargepole
: to refuse to go near or become involved with (someone or something)
touch all the basesortouch every base
touch down[phrasal verb]
1 : to return to the ground or another surface after a flight : land 2 touch (the ball) downrugby or touch down (the ball) : to score by putting (the ball) on the ground behind an opponent's goal line
touch for[phrasal verb]
touch (someone) for (something)informal British
: to persuade (someone) to give or lend you (an amount of money)
— see also 1touch 10 (above)
touch off[phrasal verb]
touch off (something) or touch (something) off
: to cause (something) to start suddenly
touch on/upon[phrasal verb]
touch on/upon (something)
1 : to briefly talk or write about (something) : to mention (something) briefly 2 : to come close to (something) : to almost be (something)
touch up[phrasal verb]
1 touch up (something) or touch (something) up : to improve (something) by making small changes or additions 2 touch (someone) upBritish, informal or touch up (someone) : to touch (someone) in a sexual way
Learner's definition of TOUCH
1 [count] : the act of touching someone or something — usually singular 2 [noncount] : the ability to be aware of something physical by touching it : the sense that allows you to feel physical things
Blind since birth, she relies on her sense of touch to read braille.
Sand the wood until it is smooth to the touch. [=until it feels smooth when you touch it]
The plate was hot to the touch.
3 [singular] : the quality of a thing that is experienced by feeling or touching it 4 [count] : a small detail that is added to improve or complete something — usually + to 5 [singular] : a quality that can be seen in the way something is done
The painting showed the touch of a master.
Here at our hotel, we strive to provide service with a personal touch.
This room needs a woman's/feminine touch. [=it needs a woman to help decorate it]
He has a magic touch with animals. [=he is able to calm and control animals with unusual ease]
6 [count] : an act of handling or controlling the ball in a sport (such as basketball, soccer, or American football) 7 [noncount] : the area outside of the lines that mark the long edges of the playing area in soccer or rugby
a touch of
: a small amount of (something) : a hint or trace of (something)
1 : in a state in which people communicate with each other especially by calling or writing to each other — often + with
I'll be in touch with you [=I will call you, e-mail you, etc.] later this week.
I have been trying to get in touch with her all day.
2 a : the state of being aware of what is happening, how a particular group of people feels, etc. — usually + with
b : the state of being aware of a particular part of your character that is not easily noticed — usually + with
As a professor of biology, it is important to keep/stay in touch with the latest research.
She is in touch with the voters and their needs.
1 : to stop communicating with each other : to no longer know what is happening in each other's lives — often + with 2 : to stop knowing what is happening, how a particular group of people feels, etc. — usually + with
I read the newspaper every morning so that I don't completely lose touch with what's happening in the world.
She seems to have lost touch with reality [=she believes things that are not true] and thinks that she can have everything she wants.
lose your touch
: to no longer have the ability to do things that you were able to do successfully in the past
out of touch
1 : not communicating with each other 2 : in a state of not knowing what is happening, how a particular group of people feels, etc. — usually + with