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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 touch up vb (tr, adverb)
- to put extra or finishing touches to
- to enhance, renovate, or falsify by putting extra touches to: to touch up a photograph
- to stimulate or rouse as by a tap or light blow
- Brit slang to touch or caress (someone), esp to arouse sexual feelings
- a renovation or retouching, as of a painting
touch /tʌtʃ/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Physiologyto put the hand, finger, etc., on or into contact with (something) so as to feel it: [~ + object]He touched the stove cautiously.[no object]You may look at it but don't touch.
- to bring (the hand, etc., or something held) into contact with something:[~ + object]touched a match to the papers.
- to pat or tap as with the hand or an instrument:[~ + object]She touched me gently on the shoulder.
- Geographyto come into contact with;
be next to: [~ + object]My shoulder was touching hers.[no object]Our shoulders were touching on the crowded elevator.
- to be as good as (something else);
compare with (something) :[~ + object; usually with a negative word or phrase]He wrote with a style that couldn't touch mine.
- to treat or affect in some way by contact:[~ + object]All you have to do is touch that computer and everything goes haywire with it.
- [~ + object] to move (someone) to feel sympathy:Your kindness touched me deeply.See touching, touched below.
- to have to do with in any way:[~ + object; usually with a negative word or phrase]She can't touch her trust money until she's 21.
- to eat or drink;
taste:[~ + object; usually with a negative word or phrase]He won't touch another drink.
- to put one's hands on (a person), as to do something violent or sexual:[~ + object]Don't touch that kid again!
- to be a matter of importance to;
affect:[~ + object]Such poverty never touches her life.
- Slang Termsto ask (someone) for money, or succeed in getting money from:[~ + object]He touched me for a loan.
- touch down, [no object] (of an aircraft or spacecraft) to land.
- touch off:
- to cause to ignite or explode: [~ + off + object]The flame touched off the explosion.[~ + object + off]What touched it off?
- to start, esp. suddenly: [~ + off + object]The incident touched off a firestorm of debate.[~ + object + off]That's what touched the debate off.
- touch on or upon, [~ + on + object] to mention (a subject) casually:Her speech touched on the issue of employee benefits.
- touch up, to make minor changes in the appearance of: [~ + up + object]The artist touched up the painting.[~ + object + up]She touched it up.
- the act of touching;
state or fact of being touched:[countable]a light touch on his shoulder.
- Physiology that sense by which anything material is felt by physical contact:[uncountable]a well-developed sense of touch.
- the quality of something touched that imparts a sensation;
feel:[uncountable]The touch of her hand was enough to thrill him.
- a coming into or being in contact or good relations with another:[uncountable]Over the years we lost touch. Let's keep in touch.
- ability or skill;
a knack for doing something:[uncountable]He seems to have lost his touch in dealing with people.
- a slight attack, as of illness:[countable]He's had a touch of the flu.
- a slight added effort in completing any piece of work:[countable]put some finishing touches on the painting.
- [countable] skill or manner of execution in artistic work, in playing a musical instrument, etc.
- [countable] the manner or speed of action of the keys of an instrument, as of a piano.
- a slight amount of some quality, emotion, etc.:[countable]There was a touch of sadness in her voice.
- Slang Terms[countable]
- the act of approaching someone for money (as a gift ):to put the touch on her for fifty bucks.
- a person thought of in terms of getting money from:He's an easy touch.
(tuch′up′),USA pronunciation n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- an act or instance of touching up:Her makeup needed a touch-up.
- noun, nominal use of verb, verbal phrase touch up 1880–85
touch (tuch),USA pronunciation
- to put the hand, finger, etc., on or into contact with (something) to feel it:He touched the iron cautiously.
- to come into contact with and perceive (something), as the hand or the like does.
- to bring (the hand, finger, etc., or something held) into contact with something:She touched a match to the papers.
- to give a slight tap or pat to with the hand, finger, etc.;
strike or hit gently or lightly.
- to come into or be in contact with.
- [Geom.](of a line or surface) to be tangent to.
- to be adjacent to or border on.
- to come up to;
- to attain equality with;
compare with (usually used with a negative):a style that cannot touch that of Shakespeare.
- to mark by strokes of the brush, pencil, or the like.
- to mark or relieve slightly, as with color:a gray dress touched with blue.
- to stop at (a place), as a ship:The ship touched shore several times during the cruise.
- to treat or affect in some way by contact.
- to affect as if by contact;
- to affect with some feeling or emotion, esp. tenderness, pity, gratitude, etc.:Their sufferings touched his heart.
- to handle, use, or have to do with in any way (usually used with a negative):She can't touch the money until she's 21.
- to eat or drink;
taste (usually used with a negative):He won't touch another drink.
- to lay hands on, often in a violent manner:Don't you touch this child!
- to deal with or treat in speech or writing.
- to refer or allude to.
- to pertain or relate to:a critic in all matters touching the kitchen.
- to be a matter of importance to;
make a difference to;
affect:This grave decision touches all of us.
- [Metall.]to stamp (metal) as being of standard purity.
- [Slang.]to apply to for money, or succeed in getting money from:He touched me for five dollars.
- [Slang.]to steal from.
- to strike the strings, keys, etc., of (a musical instrument) so as to cause it to sound.
- to play or perform (an air, notes, etc.) on a musical instrument.
- to place the hand, finger, etc., on or in contact with something.
- to come into or be in contact.
- to make a stop or a short call at a place, as a ship or those on board (usually fol. by at).
- touch base with. See base1 (def. 29).
- touch down, (of an airplane) to come into contact with the ground;
- touch off:
- to represent or characterize precisely.
- to cause to ignite or explode.
- to give rise to;
initiate:This incident will touch off another crisis.
- touch on or upon:
- to mention a subject briefly or casually;
treat of in passing:In his lecture he touched on the major aspects of the controversy.
- to come close to;
- to relate or pertain to.
- touch up:
- to make minor changes or improvements in the appearance of.
- to modify or improve (a painting, photograph, etc.) by adding small strokes or making slight changes.
- to rouse by or as if by striking:This should touch up your memory.
touch ′a•ble, adj.
touch ′a•ble•ness, touch′a•bil′i•ty, n.
touch ′er, n.
touch ′less, adj.
- the act or state of touching;
state or fact of being touched.
- that sense by which anything material is perceived by means of physical contact.
- the quality of something touched that imparts a sensation:an object with a slimy touch.
- a coming into or being in contact.
- mental or moral perception, sensitivity, or understanding:He has a marvelous touch in dealing with people.
- ability, skill, or dexterity;
knack:to lose one's touch.
- [Fencing.]the contact of the point of a foil or épée or the point or edge of the blade of a saber with a specified portion of the opponent's body, counting one point for the scorer.
- close communication, agreement, sympathy, or the like:to be out of touch with reality; Let's keep in touch.
- a slight stroke or blow.
- a slight attack, as of illness or disease:a touch of rheumatism.
- a slight added action or effort in doing or completing any piece of work:to provide the finishing touches.
- manner of execution in artistic work.
- the act or manner of touching or fingering a keyboard instrument.
- the mode of action of the keys of an instrument, as of a piano or typewriter.
- [Change Ringing.]a partial series of changes on a peal of bells.
- a stroke or dash, as with a brush, pencil, or pen.
- a detail in any artistic work.
- a slight amount of some quality, attribute, etc.:a touch of sarcasm in his voice.
- a slight quantity or degree:a touch of salt.
- a distinguishing characteristic or trait:the touch of the master.
- quality or kind in general.
- an act of testing something.
- something that serves as a test;
- the act of approaching someone for money as a gift or a loan.
- the obtaining of money in this manner.
- the money obtained.
- a person considered from the standpoint of the relative ease with which he or she will lend money:I can always hit him for ten—he's an easy touch.
- an official mark put upon precious metal after testing to indicate its purity.
- a die, stamp, or the like for impressing such a mark.
- an identifying mark impressed on pewter by its maker.
- [Soccer.]the area outside the touchlines.
- [Rugby.]either of the touchlines or the area outside of the touchlines.
- put the touch on, [Informal.]to try to borrow money from:Willie put the touch on me for another ten last night.
- Old French, derivative of tochier, partly derivative of the verb, verbal
- Vulgar Latin *toccāre to knock, strike, touch, of expressive origin, originally; (noun, nominal) partly continuing Middle English touche state or act of touching
- Old French tochier
- (verb, verbal) Middle English to(u)chen 1250–1300
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged handle, feel.
- 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged impress.
- 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged move, strike, stir, melt, soften.
- 21.See corresponding entry in Unabridged concern, regard, affect.
- 43.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pat, tap.
- 53.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hint, trace, suggestion.
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