(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): touching

Definition categories: event, contact, impinging, striking

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

Definition categories: thought, exteroception

3. a suggestion of some quality

- there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone

Similar word(s): ghost, trace

Definition categories: communication, proffer, proposition, suggestion

4. a distinguishing style

- this room needs a woman's touch

Similar word(s): signature

Definition categories: attribute, fashion, manner, mode, style, way

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

- at his touch the room filled with lights

Similar word(s): touching

Definition categories: act, deed

6. a slight but appreciable amount

- this dish could use a touch of garlic

Similar word(s): hint, jot, mite, pinch, soupcon, speck, tinge

Definition categories: quantity

7. a communicative interaction

- he got in touch with his colleagues

Similar word(s): contact

Definition categories: communication, communicating

8. a slight attack of illness

- he has a touch of rheumatism

Similar word(s): spot

Definition categories: state, attack

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

- he watched the beggar trying to make a touch

Definition categories: communication, solicitation

10. the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin

- she likes the touch of silk on her skin

Similar word(s): feeling

Definition categories: thought, perception

11. deftness in handling matters

- he has a master's touch

Definition categories: thought, adeptness, adroitness, deftness, facility, quickness

12. the feel of mechanical action

- this piano has a wonderful touch

Definition categories: attribute, feel

Sentences with touch as a noun:

- Suddenly, in the crowd, I felt a touch at my shoulder.

- With the lights out, she had to rely on touch to find her desk.

- He performed one of Ravel's piano concertos with a wonderfully light and playful touch.

- Clever touches like this are what make her such a brilliant writer.

- Move it left just a touch and it will be perfect.

- He got the ball, and kicked it straight out into touch.

- He promised to keep in touch while he was away.

- I used to be a great chess player but I've lost my touch.

- a heavy touch, or a light touch


1. make physical contact with, come in contact with

- Touch the stone for good luck

- She never touched her husband

Definition categories: contact

2. perceive via the tactile sense

- Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her

Definition categories: perception, comprehend, perceive

3. affect emotionally

- I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy

Similar word(s): stir

Definition categories: emotion, affect, impress, move, strike

4. be relevant to

Similar word(s): concern, pertain, refer, relate

Definition categories: stative

5. be in direct physical contact with; make contact

- The two buildings touch

- Their hands touched

Similar word(s): adjoin, contact, meet

Definition categories: contact

6. have an effect upon

Similar word(s): affect, impact

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

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

Definition categories: social, care, deal, handle, manage

8. cause to be in brief contact with

- He touched his toes to the horse's flanks

Definition categories: contact, touch

9. to extend as far as

- The chair must not touch the wall

Similar word(s): reach

Definition categories: stative, be

10. be equal to in quality or ability

- Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues

Similar word(s): equal, match, rival

Definition categories: stative, compete, contend, vie

11. tamper with

- Don't touch my CDs!

Similar word(s): disturb

Definition categories: contact, alter, change, modify

12. make a more or less disguised reference to

Similar word(s): advert, allude

Definition categories: communication, hint, suggest

13. comprehend

- He could not touch the meaning of the poem

Definition categories: cognition, understand

14. consume

- She didn't touch her food all night

Similar word(s): partake

Definition categories: consumption, consume, have, ingest, take

15. color lightly

Similar word(s): tinct, tinge, tint

Definition categories: change, color, colorise, colorize, colour, colourise, colourize

Sentences with touch as a verb:

- I touched her face softly.

- Sitting on the bench, the hem of her skirt touched the ground.

- They stood next to each other, their shoulders touching.

- Please can I have a look, if I promise not to touch?

- If you touch her, I'll kill you.

- Frankly, this wood's so strong that sandpaper won't touch it.

- Are you all right? You've hardly touched your lunch.

- Her parents had caught her touching herself when she was fifteen.

- to touch the wind

- My grandfather, as many people know, was touched with greatness.

- Stefan was touched by the song's message of hope.

- He had been drinking over lunch, and was clearly touched.

- The bill was finally touched after many hours of deliberation.

- I was running short, so I touched old Bertie for a fiver.

- You must be touched if you think I'm taking your advice.

- to touch an instrument of music