touch Definition

  • 1to put your hand or another part of your body lightly onto and off something or someone
  • 2to make physical contact with something or someone
  • 3to affect someone emotionally, often making them feel sympathy or sadness

Using touch: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "touch" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She touched his arm gently.

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    The sun's warmth touched her face.

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    The tragedy touched the hearts of people around the world.

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    I was touched by her kindness.

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    He touched the painting with his fingertips.

touch Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using touch

  • to communicate with someone, usually after a period of no communication


    I need to get in touch with my old boss about a reference.

  • lose one's touch

    to lose one's ability or skill in doing something


    He used to be a great basketball player, but he's lost his touch over the years.

  • to make contact with someone briefly, usually to exchange information or check on progress


    Let's touch base next week to see how the project is coming along.

Phrases with touch

  • to maintain contact with someone


    We promised to keep in touch after graduation.

  • to stop communicating with someone


    I lost touch with my childhood friend after she moved away.

  • touch and go

    a situation that is uncertain and could have a negative outcome


    The surgery was touch and go for a while, but he pulled through in the end.


Summary: touch in Brief

The verb 'touch' [tʌtʃ] means to make physical contact with something or someone, often lightly, or to affect someone emotionally. It can also be used in phrases like 'keep in touch,' meaning to maintain contact with someone, and idioms like 'lose one's touch,' which means to lose one's ability or skill in doing something.

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