1 of 2


: an act or instance of touching up

touch up

2 of 2


touched up; touching up; touches up

transitive verb

: to improve or perfect by small additional strokes or alterations : fix the minor and usually visible defects or damages of
: to stimulate by or as if by a flick of a whip

Examples of touch-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
In addition to the LED light, the kit also features two whitening serums plus an extra-strength formula that targets more stubborn stains or works as a touch-up. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 15 May 2024 This durable, velvety puff works well to mattify, blur the appearance of pores, and smooth product, and is ideal for touch-ups throughout the day. Annie Blackman, Allure, 2 May 2024 All feedings should be of the very same fertilizer. Shrubs and vines This is a good time for touch-up pruning and shaping. Neil Sperry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 19 Apr. 2024 The only difference is switching up the color, which, in turn, gives the entire look a spiffy seasonal touch-up. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 18 Apr. 2024 What Kendall Jenner’s 818 tequila and Kylie Jenner’s Sprinter vodka soda brands are popping up in the desert for a one-day exclusive experience with cowboy hat customization, Anastasia Beverly Hills makeup touch-ups, snacks from Gopuff and more. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Apr. 2024 Schwartz recommends getting your roots done for touch-ups or adding a vibrant gloss all over every four to six weeks. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 1 Apr. 2024 The city set aside $2.77 million in 2018 to install street cameras, brighten lighting, and uproot dead trees, among other touch-ups. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Mar. 2024 Overall, this is a great option for those who love to paint their own nails or looking to dupe a salon-looking manicure from home and feel confident with their touch-up skills. Kate Watson, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2024
Her roots are touched up, and her gaze, now pointed at the camera, seems to relish being watched. Kim Hew-Low, New York Times, 16 May 2024 Related Stories The movie’s directors Cameron and Colin Cairnes defended the AI usage, explaining the art was touched up by human hands. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Centennial touched up Amador for four unearned runs in the fifth. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 17 Apr. 2024 He's touched up the edges off the ball as a catch and shoot player, as an attacker, as a secondary playmaker for sure. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2024 Last month, the model shared a couple of oceanside bikini snaps, and casually slipped in a shot of herself holding a blush stick and appearing to use it to touch up her signature strawberry glam. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 Weak Retail Sales After being touched up by a producer price index jab, the economy was hit with a serious right cross from a weaker-than-expected retail sales report. Will Daniel, Fortune, 14 Mar. 2024 Why shouldn’t the royal family want to touch up an image? Karla Adam, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 The refreshed clip opens with footage of MC getting touched up backstage before a quick cut of super-excited fans in their Santa finest getting pumped for the show. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 8 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1733, in the meaning defined above


1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of touch-up was in 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Touch-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: an act or instance of touching up

touch up

2 of 2 verb
: to improve by or as if by small changes : fix the little imperfections of
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