verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
- 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.
- to represent or characterize precisely.
- to cause to ignite or explode.
- to give rise to; initiate: This incident will touch off another crisis.
- 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; approach.
- to relate or pertain to.
- 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.
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Idioms for touch
Origin of touch
OTHER WORDS FROM touch
Example sentences from the Web for touch
Haptic is a term for things that relate to one’s sense of touch.This artificial skin feels ‘ghosts’ — things you wish were there|Stephen Ornes|November 20, 2020|Science News For Students
Robotic hands with a sense of touch—and the AI brain to match it—could overhaul our idea of robots.
On the other hand, instant messaging tools have allowed remote workers to keep in touch with each other and respond immediately.Internal communication plan: How SMB marketing teams can achieve growth|Ronita Mohan|November 12, 2020|Search Engine Watch
She said Paul had been in touch with Moore about his allegations.Baton Rouge police places three officers on leave after LSU football player’s abuse claim|Matt Bonesteel|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
Deft touches with other game elements add to the experience.‘Bugsnax’ is charming and funny, but sapped by vexing gameplay|Harold Goldberg|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
Through the whole past evening touchable, squeezeable—even kissable!Under the Greenwood Tree|Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for touch
- an official stamp on metal indicating standard purity
- the die stamp used to apply this markNow usually called: hallmark
- the act of asking for money as a loan or gift, often by devious means
- the money received in this way
- a person asked for money in this wayhe was an easy touch
- to finger (the keys or strings of an instrument)
- to play (a tune, piece of music, etc) in this way
Derived forms of touchtouchable, adjectivetouchableness, nountoucher, nountouchless, adjective
Word Origin for touch
Medical definitions for touch
Other words from touchtouch•a•ble adj.
Idioms and Phrases with touch
In addition to the idioms beginning with touch
- touch and go
- touch base with
- touch bottom
- touch down
- touched by, be
- touched in the head
- touch off
- touch on
- touch up
- common touch
- finishing touch
- hit (touch) bottom
- in touch
- lose one's touch
- lose touch
- not touch with a ten-foot pole
- out of touch
- put the arm (touch) on
- soft touch