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 This touching moment was planned down to the last detail days ahead of the ceremony, from pre-show interviews to creating her onstage look, which included tear-proof makeup. Thatiana Diaz,, "How Demi Lovato Kept Her Mascara From Running During That Emotional Grammys Performance," 28 Jan. 2020 The two first met last year during the U.S. Open, where Osaka’s victory led to a touching post-match moment between the two. NBC News, "China coronavirus death toll climbs, impeachment trial recap, and Coco Gauff does it again: The Morning Rundown," 24 Jan. 2020 The touching moment played out as smoke filled the nearby wooded area behind them, with emergency crews working together to reduce the flames. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Firefighter Gives Koala a Drink While Fires Continue to Rage in South Australia," 23 Dec. 2019 Red Star were beaten convincingly on both of their travels so far, including a 5-0 defeat in north London, but a 3-1 home win against Olympiacos on matchday two has kept them within touching distance., "Red Star Belgrade v Tottenham Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 5 Nov. 2019 Butterworth has been within touching distance of the world standard in the women’s 800 for a while., "Smooth, confident, in control, Olympic champ Matthew Centrowitz rocks the Stumptown Twilight," 19 July 2019 Does knowing more trivia help someone build a better car or advance particle physics or write a more touching ballad? Greg Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Vicious Cycles," 6 Jan. 2020 On Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a touching post about the fires on their official Sussex Royal Instagram account, along with information about how fans can help with relief efforts. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Fab Four Show United Support for Victims of the Australian Wildfires on Instagram," 5 Jan. 2020 After seeing the touching post, Luke had a super clever (albeit, a little TMI) reply. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Luke Bryan Just Left the Cheekiest Comment on His Wife Caroline Boyer's Instagram," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of touching was in the 14th century

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16 Feb 2020

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“Touching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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