\ ˈtəcht How to pronounce touched (audio) \

Definition of touched

1 : emotionally stirred (as with gratitude)
2 : slightly unbalanced mentally

Examples of touched in a Sentence

She was touched that he had come only to see her. We were very touched by their story.
Recent Examples on the Web In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials believed that one of the most effective ways to fight the spread of the virus was to disinfect highly touched surfaces. Annie Roth, National Geographic, "Wildlife deaths from coronavirus disinfectant use alarm scientists," 7 Aug. 2020 Suggestions focus on encouraging social distancing and removing highly touched surfaces, like coffee pots and water machines in kitchens. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Is It Safe to Return to Offices? How to Resume Work During COVID-19 Pandemic," 4 June 2020 Clean and disinfect frequently used items and touched surfaces often. Leada Gore |, al, "‘You are safer at home,’ health officials say as Alabama adds 800 coronavirus cases in a single day," 12 June 2020 One of the most touched surfaces is undoubtedly the cellphone. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "Your phone could be harboring coronavirus. Here's how to effectively clean it.," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of touched

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of touched was in 1595

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18 Aug 2020

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“Touched.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of touched

: having a small amount of something
: having emotional feelings because you are grateful or pleased by what someone has done or said
informal + old-fashioned : slightly crazy

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