touch·​ing | \ ˈtə-chiŋ How to pronounce touching (audio) \

Definition of touching

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of arousing emotions of tenderness or compassion



Definition of touching (Entry 2 of 2)

: in reference to : concerning

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touchingly adverb

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moving, impressive, poignant, affecting, touching, pathetic mean having the power to produce deep emotion. moving may apply to any strong emotional effect including thrilling, agitating, saddening, or calling forth pity or sympathy. a moving appeal for contributions impressive implies compelling attention, admiration, wonder, or conviction. an impressive list of achievements poignant applies to what keenly or sharply affects one's sensitivities. a poignant documentary on the homeless affecting is close to moving but most often suggests pathos. an affecting deathbed reunion touching implies arousing tenderness or compassion. the touching innocence in a child's eyes pathetic implies moving to pity or sometimes contempt. pathetic attempts to justify misconduct

Examples of touching in a Sentence

Adjective touching lots in the housing development will eventually be separated by hedges for privacy a touching movie about two lost animals who try to find their way home Preposition there has been an objection touching the last of the proposed new bylaws
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With current film and TV productions either stalled entirely or wrestling with how to depict intimacy in a world where touching is discouraged, the excesses of 365 Days might feel like a novelty to viewers, in addition to a chance for escapism. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Why People Are Obsessed With a Terrible Polish Erotic Thriller," 26 June 2020 What’s key is that people avoid touching, and potentially transmitting covid-19 to one another. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "How to host a socially distant summer party," 23 June 2020 The stones can be placed flat or on their sides, stacked, touching or loose. oregonlive, "No such thing as too many stones in the garden for the Pecks," 20 June 2020 But the touching obituary that People posted online became a vehicle for fatphobic trolls. Gianluca Russo,, "The Dangers Of Fat-Shaming COVID-19 Victims," 19 June 2020 DeWine said some of that guidance includes families sitting together -- with each family sitting at least six-feet apart -- and limiting touching scriptures, hymnals and collection baskets. cleveland, "Coronavirus cases in Ohio exceed 40,000 people: Gov. Mike DeWine’s Thursday briefing," 11 June 2020 Appraising a car involves touching, listening, driving and even smelling, not just looking. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "People are bidding online for million-dollar cars -- without seeing them in person," 13 June 2020 Without Joel and Ellie’s touching relationship, The Last of Us would have been little more than a ripoff of The Road. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Last of Us Part II Is a Revolutionary Video Game—and an Unbelievably Grim One," 12 June 2020 Another easy way to avoid touching surfaces and keep yourself safe? Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "7 things you need to stay safe while going out and social distancing this summer," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of touching


circa 1586, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Touching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of touching

: having a strong emotional effect : causing feelings of sadness or sympathy


touch·​ing | \ ˈtə-chiŋ How to pronounce touching (audio) \

Kids Definition of touching

: causing a feeling of tenderness or pity a touching story

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