verb \ˈtəch\

Definition of touch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring a bodily part into contact with especially so as to perceive through the tactile sense :  handle or feel gently usually with the intent to understand or appreciate loved to touch the soft silk

  3. 2 :  to strike or push lightly especially with the hand or foot or an implement

  4. 3 :  to lay hands upon (one afflicted with scrofula) with intent to heal

  5. 4 archaic a :  to play on (a stringed instrument)b :  to perform (a melody) by playing or singing

  6. 5a :  to take into the hands or mouth never touches alcoholb :  to put hands upon in any way or degree don't touch anything before the police come; especially :  to commit violence upon swears he never touched the child

  7. 6 :  to deal with :  become involved with a sticky situation and I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole

  8. 7 :  to induce to give or lend touched him for ten dollars

  9. 8 :  to cause to be briefly in contact or conjunction with something touched her spurs to the horse touched his hand to his hat

  10. 9a (1) :  to meet without overlapping or penetrating :  adjoin (2) :  to get to :  reach the speedometer needle touched 80b :  to be tangent toc :  to rival in quality or value nothing can touch that cloth for durability

  11. 10 :  to speak or tell of especially in passing barely touched the incident in the speech

  12. 11a :  to relate to :  concernb :  to have an influence on :  affect

  13. 12a :  to leave a mark or impression on few reagents will touch gold; also :  tingeb :  to harm slightly by or as if by contact :  taint, blemish fruit touched by frostc :  to give a delicate tint, line, or expression to a smile touched her lipsd :  to get a hit off or score a run against touched him for three runs

  14. 13 :  to draw or delineate with light strokes

  15. 14a :  to hurt the feelings of :  woundb :  to move to sympathetic feeling

  16. intransitive verb
  17. 1a :  to feel something with a body part (such as the hand or foot)b :  to lay hand or finger on a person to cure disease (such as scrofula)

  18. 2 :  to be in contact

  19. 3 :  to come close :  verge your actions touch on treason

  20. 4 :  to have a bearing :  relate —used with on or upon

  21. 5a :  to make a brief or incidental stop on shore during a trip by water touched at several portsb :  to treat a topic in a brief or casual manner —used with on or upon touched upon many points


play \ˈtə-chə-bəl\ adjective



touch base

  1. :  to come in contact or communication coming in from the cold to touch base with civilization — Carla Hunt

Examples of touch in a sentence

  1. Please do not touch the statue.

  2. Slowly bend forward and try to touch your toes.

  3. He tried to touch the snake with a stick.

  4. The top of the Christmas tree almost touches the ceiling.

  5. Sparks flew when the wires touched each other.

  6. They were standing side-by-side with their shoulders touching.

  7. Sparks flew when the wires touched.

  8. Their house burned to the ground, but the house next door wasn't touched by the fire.

Origin and Etymology of touch

Middle English, from Anglo-French tucher, tuchier, from Vulgar Latin *toccare to knock, strike a bell, touch, probably of imitative origin

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of touch

affect, influence, touch, impress, strike, sway mean to produce or have an effect upon. affect implies the action of a stimulus that can produce a response or reaction the sight affected her to tears. influence implies a force that brings about a change (as in nature or behavior) our beliefs are influenced by our upbringing. touch may carry a vivid suggestion of close contact and may connote stirring, arousing, or harming plants touched by frost his emotions were touched by her distress. impress stresses the depth and persistence of the effect only one of the plans impressed him. strike, similar to but weaker than impress, may convey the notion of sudden sharp perception or appreciation struck by the solemnity of the occasion. sway implies the acting of influences that are not resisted or are irresistible, with resulting change in character or course of action politicians who are swayed by popular opinion.




Definition of touch

  1. 1a :  a light stroke, tap, or pushb :  a hit against an opponent in fencing

  2. 2 :  the act or fact of touching; also :  the act or an instance of handling or controlling a ball (as in basketball or soccer)

  3. 3 :  the special sense by which pressure or traction exerted on the skin or mucous membrane is perceived

  4. 4 :  mental or moral sensitiveness, responsiveness, or tact has a wonderful touch with children

  5. 5 :  a specified sensation that arises in response to stimulation of the tactile receptors :  feel the velvety touch of velour

  6. 6a archaic :  the act of rubbing gold or silver on a touchstone to test its qualityb :  test, trial —used chiefly in the phrase put to the touch

  7. 7a :  a visible effect :  mark a touch of the tropical sunb :  weakness, defect

  8. 8 :  something slight of its kind: such asa :  a light attack a touch of feverb :  a small quantity or indication :  hint a touch of spring in the airc :  a transient emotion a momentary touch of compunctiond :  a near approach :  close call beaten in the championships by a mere touch

  9. 9a archaic :  the playing of an instrument (such as a lute or piano) with the fingers; also :  musical notes or strains so producedb :  particular action of a keyboard with reference to the resistance of its keys to pressure piano with a stiff touch

  10. 10 :  control of the hands: such asa :  a manner or method of touching or striking especially the keys of a keyboard instrumentb :  ability to precisely control the path and speed of a shot or pass a great shooting touch

  11. 11 :  a set of changes in change ringing that is less than a peal

  12. 12a :  an effective and subtle detail applies the finishing touches to the storyb :  distinctive and often effective manner or method the touch of a masterc :  a characteristic or distinguishing trait or quality

  13. 13 slang :  an act of soliciting or getting a gift or loan

  14. 14 :  the state or fact of being in contact or communication or of having awareness lost touch with her cousin let's keep in touch out of touch with modern times

  15. 15 :  the area outside of the touchlines in soccer or outside of and including the touchlines in rugby the ball went into touch

a touch

  1. :  somewhat, rather aimed a touch too low and missed

Examples of touch in a sentence

  1. Blind since birth, she relies on her sense of touch to read braille.

  2. The plate was hot to the touch.

14th Century

First Known Use of touch

14th century

TOUCH Defined for English Language Learners



verb \ˈtəch\

Definition of touch for English Language Learners

  • : to put your hand, fingers, etc., on someone or something

  • : to be in contact with (something)

  • : to change or move (something)




Definition of touch for English Language Learners

  • : the act of touching someone or something

  • : the ability to be aware of something physical by touching it : the sense that allows you to feel physical things

  • : the quality of a thing that is experienced by feeling or touching it

TOUCH Defined for Kids



verb \ˈtəch\

Definition of touch for Students




  1. 1 :  to feel or handle (as with the fingers) especially so as to be aware of I touched the rabbit's soft fur.

  2. 2 :  to be or cause to be in contact with something Lightly touch the paintbrush to your paper.

  3. 3 :  to hit lightly Be careful not to touch the walls.

  4. 4 :  2harm No one will dare to touch you.

  5. 5 :  to make use of She never touches meat.

  6. 6 :  to refer to in passing The report touched upon many topics.

  7. 7 :  to affect the interest of This matter touches all of us.

  8. 8 :  to have an influence on As a teacher, he touched many lives.

  9. 9 :  to move emotionally I was touched by your kindness.




Definition of touch for Students

  1. 1 :  a light stroke or tap Stop crying. It was only a touch and couldn't have hurt.

  2. 2 :  the act or fact of touching or being touched I felt a gentle touch on my shoulder.

  3. 3 :  the sense by which light pressure on the skin is felt The substance is soft to the touch.

  4. 4 :  an impression gotten through the sense of touch the soft touch of silk

  5. 5 :  a state of contact or communication It is important to keep in touch with friends.

  6. 6 :  a small amount :  trace a touch of humor

  7. 7 :  a small detail We put the finishing touches on the decorations.

Medical Dictionary



verb \ˈtəch\

Medical Definition of touch

  1. :  to bring a bodily part into contact with especially so as to perceive through the tactile sense :  handle or feel gently usually with the intent to understand or appreciate

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to feel something with a body part (as the hand or foot)




Medical Definition of touch

  1. 1:  the special sense by which pressure or traction exerted on the skin or mucous membrane is perceived

  2. 2:  a light attack a touch of fever

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