retouch

verb
re·touch | \(ˌ)rē-ˈtəch \
retouched; retouching; retouches

Definition of retouch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to rework in order to improve : touch up

2 : to alter (something, such as a photographic negative) to produce a more desirable appearance

3 : to color (new growth of hair) to match previously dyed, tinted, or bleached hair

intransitive verb

: to make or give retouches

retouch

noun
re·touch | \ˈrē-ˌtəch, (ˌ)rē-ˈtəch\

Definition of retouch (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or process or an instance of retouching especially : the retouching of a new growth of hair

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Other Words from retouch

Verb

retoucher noun

Examples of retouch in a Sentence

Verb

The photo had been retouched to remove the wrinkles around his eyes.

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In recent years, the movement has picked up steam — and now, Paris Jackson is speaking out about her own photos being retouched, pleading with fans to stop changing the color of her skin. PEOPLE.com, "Paris Jackson Wants Fans to Stop Photoshopping Her Skin Color: 'I Am What I Am'," 7 Mar. 2018 Archaeologists think that in Copper Age Europe, manufacturing tools like daggers and arrowheads was the work of expert specialists, but most adults knew how to retouch or resharpen a blade with a reasonable amount of skill. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman spent his last days trying to repair his tools," 22 June 2018 Since then, Raisman, 23, has teamed with clothing brand Aerie, starring in its new #AerieReal campaign un-retouched to encourage tolerance, acceptance and body positivity. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, "Aly Raisman Poses Nude for 2018 SI Swimsuit: 'Women Do Not Have to Be Modest to Be Respected'," 13 Feb. 2018 The American Eagle brand, which has long had a no-retouching policy, is doubling down with a new #AerieReal campaign showcasing models of all sizes and ethnicities, many with various disabilities. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "New Aerie models show off bras in wheelchairs, with insulin pumps as Twitter cheers," 11 July 2018 But execs are working with other drugstore beauty brands and industry experts to develop retouching guidelines, with a goal of across-the-board consistency and transparency. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "CVS Will No Longer Photoshop Its Beauty Ads," 15 Jan. 2018 Nearly all of them had been retouched before, several times in some cases, and a few of them didn’t even have enough material left for another resharpening. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman spent his last days trying to repair his tools," 22 June 2018 Digital retouching spread after Photoshop’s introduction. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "A Century of Fashion and Photographic Genius," 1 June 2018 These photos were shot around the same time; one obviously retouched and the other not. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Curvy Model Says Even She Is Fooled by Her Retouched Photos: 'Be Realistic with Yourself'," 31 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To start, Sheriff used Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r instant retouch primer. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "The Best and Biggest Hair at the Oscars," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of retouch

Verb

circa 1650, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1703, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for retouch

Verb

French retoucher, from Middle French, from re- + toucher to touch

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retouch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of retouch

: to make small changes to (something, such as a photograph) in order to improve the way it looks

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