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

Other Words from touching


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Tampa Bay Buccaneer's wife, Gisele Bündchen celebrated her husband's 45th birthday on Wednesday with a touching tribute on Instagram. Breanna Bell, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 His relationship with Taylor-Johnson’s suave, endearing and slightly psychotic Tangerine is touching, too. Joey Morona, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2022 Tanisha Wright, now head coach of the Atlanta Dream, gave a touching tribute as well. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 28 July 2022 But being at the festival was equally touching for her. Terry Tang, USA TODAY, 29 May 2022 The couple and their families shared more photos over the next few days, including a touching tribute from Princess Eugenie. Emily Tannenbaum,, 21 July 2022 Quinn was then brought to tears during her touching message to the actor. Giovana Gelhoren,, 13 July 2022 The poster included a touching message, with the hashtag: #inhonorofnatedosomethinggreat. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 July 2022 Kevin Conrad, who has worked with McClure the past five years with the Center Grove Sports Network, compiled a touching video tribute from coaches, athletes and others in McClure’s life. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2022 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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“Touching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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