[ verb ree-tuhch; noun ree-tuhch, ree-tuhch ]
/ verb riˈtʌtʃ; noun ˈriˌtʌtʃ, riˈtʌtʃ /

verb (used with object)

to improve with new touches, highlights, or the like; touch up or rework, as a painting or makeup.
Photography. to 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.

Origin of retouch

1675–85; < Middle French retoucher, equivalent to re- re- + toucher to touch


re·touch·a·ble, adjectivere·touch·er, nounun·re·touched, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for retouch

/ (riːˈtʌtʃ) /

verb (tr)


Derived forms of retouch

retouchable, adjectiveretoucher, noun
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