retouch

verb
re·​touch | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈtəch How to pronounce retouch (audio) \
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 How to pronounce retouch (audio) , (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Over time, some of the glass models have been retouched and repaired, but the flowers are largely the same as when first displayed. Washington Post, "Realism of Harvard’s Glass Flowers still dazzles," 22 Oct. 2019 Apple has developed a feature that allow users to retouch, apply effects, alter colors, reframe and crop video as it is being recorded live on the device. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Apple readies camera-focused Pro iPhones, new iPads, larger MacBook Pro," 31 Aug. 2019 Included is a lesson on the basics of Photoshop, starting you off on the many ways it can be used to retouch and transform photographs. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Expand your Adobe arsenal with The Ultimate Adobe CC Training Bundle," 9 Oct. 2019 During a time of airbrushing, he was known for his strong stance against retouching photos. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Peter Lindbergh, Legendary Fashion Photographer, Dies at 74," 4 Sep. 2019 Apple has developed a feature that allow users to retouch, apply effects, alter colors, reframe and crop video as it is being recorded live on the device. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Apple readies camera-focused Pro iPhones, new iPads, larger MacBook Pro," 31 Aug. 2019 Victoria's Secret to 're-think' fashion show, says national television is not 'right fit' While on the Bravo program, Upton also opened up about her decision to have her photos in Health magazine's September issue published without retouching. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Kate Upton says Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is 'a snoozefest,' talks unretouched photos," 19 Aug. 2019 The many visitors craning their necks saw views throughout the first and second levels of carefully repainted, retouched and restored ceiling art from the 1930s. Jonathan Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "‘This is amazing!’: Thousands pack Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Central Library after massive renovation," 14 Sep. 2019 Apple has developed a feature that allow users to retouch, apply effects, alter colors, reframe and crop video as it is being recorded live on the device. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Apple readies camera-focused Pro iPhones, new iPads, larger MacBook Pro," 31 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The painting has undergone many retouches and restorations in the past and some of the later additions are starting to fade. Washington Post, "Research, restoration begins on Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’," 8 July 2019 The painting has undergone many retouches and restorations in the past and some of the later additions are starting to fade. Aleksandar Furtula, BostonGlobe.com, "Research, restoration begins on Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’," 8 July 2019 Advertising everything from auto shops and grocers to bars and chapels, Carey's work started from a simple commercial core (NextCity profiled him in 2017, noting Carey would even offer retouches to businesses for $10 or $15). Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How do you preserve beloved New Orleans folk art? A Web font, of course," 23 Nov. 2018 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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The first known use of retouch was circa 1650

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5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Retouch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retouch. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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retouch

verb
How to pronounce retouch (audio)

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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