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touch

touch

 
 
pronunciation:
tuhch
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: touched, touches, touching
definition 1: to bring one's hand or fingers in contact with (something) in order to feel it.
She touched the cat's soft fur.
similar words:
caress, feel, finger, fondle, handle, hold, pat, paw, pet, stroke, tap
definition 2: to make contact with.
Don't let the paper touch the fire.
similar words:
brush, bump, contact, contract, graze, hit, meet, reach, strike
definition 3: to be next to.
Their yard touches ours.
synonyms:
abut, adjoin
similar words:
border, meet, neighbor
definition 4: to consume; taste.
She never touches meat.
synonyms:
consume, eat, taste
similar words:
avail oneself of, ingest, resort to
definition 5: to match; equal.
He can't touch his brother's achievements.
synonyms:
equal, match, rival
similar words:
compare with
definition 6: to allude to, as in a speech or writing.
He touched several themes during his lecture.
synonyms:
allude to, mention, refer to
similar words:
broach, comment on, cover, discuss, remark on, trot out
definition 7: to have an impact on.
This tragic event has touched the lives of many people.
synonyms:
affect, impinge on, influence
similar words:
concern, impress, pertain to, relate to, sway
definition 8: to make alterations or improvements on (usu. fol. by up).
The artist wants to touch up the painting.
similar words:
alter, enhance, fix, improve, modify, perfect, repair, spruce up
definition 9: to have an emotional effect on.
The documentary on the effects of nuclear war touched him deeply.
synonyms:
affect, move
similar words:
excite, get, impress, inspire, melt, rouse, sadden, stir, swell
definition 10: (slang) to get, or seek to get, a loan from.
He touched me for five dollars.
similar words:
ask, beg, solicit
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to bring one's hand or fingers in contact with something or someone.
The nurse touched gently.The sign said, "Please don't touch."
similar words:
feel, finger, fondle
definition 2: to be in contact with something.
Their fingertips touched lightly.The two properties touch.
synonyms:
abut, adjoin
similar words:
contact, converge, join, meet
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or an instance of touching.
He felt her touch on his shoulder.
similar words:
brush, bump, caress, contact, feel, graze, stroke, swipe
definition 2: the sense by which objects or stimuli are perceived through physical contact.
similar words:
feeling, sensation
definition 3: the quality or characteristic of something that is perceived through this sense.
synonyms:
feel
similar words:
texture
definition 4: contact.
Please keep in touch with the office through the week.
synonyms:
contact
similar words:
communication
definition 5: a mild case.
a touch of bronchitis
similar words:
bit, trace
definition 6: a small amount; trace.
a touch of garlica touch of guilt
synonyms:
bit, dab, dash, smidgen, trace
similar words:
catch, crumb, glimmer, grain, hint, jot, kiss, lick, little, note, pinch, shade, smack, smattering, soupçon, suggestion, tinge, whisper
definition 7: a natural ability; knack.
When it comes to cooking, she has the touch.
synonyms:
flair, knack
similar words:
aptitude, facility, feel, finesse, gift, skill
definition 8: an enhancing detail or addition.
Adding cognac to the mousse provides a nice touch.
synonyms:
complement, finish
similar words:
accessory, addition, detail, garnish
definition 9: (slang) the act or an instance of getting or trying to get a loan from someone.
similar words:
cadging, scrounging, sponging
definition 10: (slang) a person, with regard to how easily he or she will lend money.
similar words:
gull, mark
derivations: touchable (adj.), toucher (n.)
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