WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
re•touch /v. riˈtʌtʃ; n. ˈriˌtʌtʃ, riˈtʌtʃ/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to improve with new touches;
- Photographyto change (a photograph) after development by adding or removing lines, lightening areas, etc.
- an added touch to a picture, painting, etc.
- an act or instance of retouching.
(v. rē tuch′;n. rē′tuch′, rē tuch′),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to improve with new touches, highlights, or the like;
touch up or rework, as a painting or makeup.
- Photographyto alter (a negative or positive) after development by adding or removing lines, lightening areas, etc., with a pencil, brush, or knife.
- to dye, tint, or bleach (a new growth of hair) to match or blend with the color of an earlier and previously dyed growth.
- an added touch to a picture, painting, paint job, etc., by way of improvement or alteration.
- an act or instance of dyeing new growth of hair to blend with previously dyed hair.
- Middle French retoucher, equivalent. to re- re- + toucher to touch
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retouch /riːˈtʌtʃ/ vb (transitive)
- to restore, correct, or improve (a painting, make-up, etc) with new touches
- to alter (a negative or print) by painting over blemishes or adding details
- the art or practice of retouching
- a detail that is the result of retouching
- a photograph, painting, etc, that has been retouched
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