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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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 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 The reality star pulled out the photo proof to show that her promotional image hadn’t been retouchedEmily Simpson has the photo proof. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "RHOC’s Emily Simpson Slams the ‘Vicious Jerks’ Who Accused Her of Photoshopping Pictures," 22 July 2019 Subsequent phases will see the hotel rooms retooled and its ballroom and foyer retouched before the work wraps up in April. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Ballerina statues exit as downtown Denver Sheraton gets started on $80 million makeover," 27 Aug. 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. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "Apple Is Launching New iPhones, iPads and Macs. Here’s What to Expect," 22 Aug. 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. Los Angeles Times, "Apple’s next line of iPhones is all about the camera," 22 Aug. 2019 This Summer Fenty Ads Aren't Retouched Futhering her mission to be inclusive, Rihanna did not retouch the photos of models' sporting her Fenty jewellery, particularly an image of Aweng Chuol whose facial scars were not edited out. Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, "Rihanna Trolls The Navy About New Music With Her Latest Fenty Shirt," 19 June 2019 When your sunscreen alarm does go off, Marchbein retouches on her face with powder sunscreens. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "How to Protect Your Skin From the Sun Like a Dermatologist This Summer," 12 June 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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Last Updated

28 Sep 2019

Cite this Entry

“Retouch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retouching. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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