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1 touch /ˈtʌtʃ/ verb
touches; touched; touching
1 touch
/ˈtʌtʃ/
verb
touches; touched; touching
Learner's definition of TOUCH
: to put your hand, fingers, etc., on someone or something
[+ object]
[no object]
usually used in negative statements
: to be in contact with (something) used to say that one thing is directly against another thing with no space between
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object]
: to change or move (something) usually used in negative statements
: to harm (someone or something)
[+ object]
: to deal with or work on (something)
: to become involved with (someone or something)
[+ object] : to use (something) usually used in negative statements
[+ object]
: to affect or involve (someone)
: to affect the feelings of (someone) : to cause (someone) to feel an emotion (such as sympathy or gratitude)
see also touching
[+ object] : to influence (something)
[+ object] : to be as good as (someone or something) usually used in negative statements
[+ 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) informal or British not touch (someone or something) with a bargepole
: to refuse to go near or become involved with (someone or something)

touch a chord

see 2chord

touch all the bases

or touch every base
see 1base

touch a nerve

see nerve

touch base

see 1base

touch down

[phrasal verb]
: to return to the ground or another surface after a flight : land
touch (the ball) down or touch down (the ball) rugby : to score by putting (the ball) on the ground behind an opponent's goal line see also touchdown

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)
: to briefly talk or write about (something) : to mention (something) briefly
: to come close to (something) : to almost be (something)

touch up

[phrasal verb]
touch up (something) or touch (something) up : to improve (something) by making small changes or additions
touch (someone) up or touch up (someone) British, informal : to touch (someone) in a sexual way

touch wood

see 1wood

touch your forelock

see forelock
2 touch /ˈtʌtʃ/ noun
plural touches
2 touch
/ˈtʌtʃ/
noun
plural touches
Learner's definition of TOUCH
[count] : the act of touching someone or something usually singular
[noncount] : the ability to be aware of something physical by touching it : the sense that allows you to feel physical things
[singular] : the quality of a thing that is experienced by feeling or touching it
[count] : a small detail that is added to improve or complete something usually + to
[singular] : a quality that can be seen in the way something is done
see also midas touch
[count] : an act of handling or controlling the ball in a sport (such as basketball, soccer, or American football)
[noncount] : the area outside of the lines that mark the long edges of the playing area in soccer or rugby

a touch

: to a small extent : slightly

a touch of

: a small amount of (something) : a hint or trace of (something)

finishing touch

see 1finish

in touch

: in a state in which people communicate with each other especially by calling or writing to each other often + with
: in the state of being aware of what is happening, how a particular group of people feels, etc. usually + with
: in the state of being aware of a particular part of your character that is not easily noticed usually + with

lose touch

: to stop communicating with each other : to no longer know what is happening in each other's lives
often + with
: to stop knowing what is happening, how a particular group of people feels, etc. usually + with

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

: not communicating with each other
: in a state of not knowing what is happening, how a particular group of people feels, etc.
usually + with
see also common touch, soft touch
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