- 1[uncountable] the sense that enables you to be aware of things and what they are like when you put your hands and fingers on them the sense of touch with hand/part of body
- 2[countable, usually singular] an act of putting your hand or another part of your body onto someone or something The gentle touch of his hand on her shoulder made her jump. All this information is readily available at the touch of a button (= by simply pressing a button). This type of engraving requires a delicate touch. She played the piano with a light touch. way something feels
- 3 [singular] the way that something feels when you put your hand or fingers on it or when it comes into contact with your body The body was cold to the touch. material with a smooth, silky touch He could not bear the touch of clothing on his sunburned skin. small detail
- 4[countable] a small detail that is added to something in order to improve it or make it complete I spent the morning putting the finishing touches to the report. Meeting them at the airport was a nice touch. Bright cushions add a decorative touch to a room. way of doing something
- 5[singular] a way or style of doing something She prefers to answer any fan mail herself for a more personal touch. Computer graphics will give your presentation the professional touch. He couldn't find his magic touch with the ball today (= he didn't play well). This meal is awful. I think I'm losing my touch (= my ability to do something). small amount
- 6[countable, usually singular] touch of something a very small amount synonym trace There was a touch of sarcasm in her voice. There could be a touch of frost tonight. slightly
- 7a touch [singular] slightly; a little The music was a touch too loud for my liking. Idioms
- 1 to no longer have any contact with someone or something I've lost touch with all my old friends.
- 2 to no longer understand something, especially how ordinary people feel
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to not know or understand what is happening in a particular subject or area Unfortunately, the people making the decisions are out of touch with the real world.
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to communicate with someone, especially by writing to them or telephoning them Are you still in touch with your friends from college? Thanks for showing us your products—we'll be in touch. I'm trying to get in touch with Jane. Do you have her number? Let's keep in touch. I'll put you in touch with someone in your area.
be, get, keep, etc. in touch (with somebody)jump to other results
to know what is happening in a particular subject or area It is important to keep in touch with the latest research.
be, keep, etc. in touch (with something)jump to other results
to no longer communicate with someone, so that you no longer know what is happening to them We've been out of touch for a couple of years.
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the ability of a powerful or famous person to talk to and understand ordinary people
the common touchjump to other results
a person that you can easily persuade to do something, especially to give you money Unfortunately, my father is no soft touch.
an easy/a soft touch (informal)jump to other results
the ability to deal with something in a delicate and relaxed way She handles this difficult subject with a light touch.
a light touchjump to other results
lose touch (with somebody/something)jump to other results