Definition of touch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʌtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʌtʃ//
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  1. 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
  2. with hand/part of body
  3. 2  [countable, usually singular] an act of putting your hand or another part of your body onto somebody/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.
  4. way something feels
  5. 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 sunburnt skin.
  6. small detail
  7. 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.
  8. way of doing something
  9. 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).
  10. small amount
  11. 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.
  12. slightly
  13. 7a touch [singular] slightly; a little The music was a touch too loud for my liking.
  14. in football/rugby
  15. 8[uncountable] the area outside the lines that mark the sides of the playing field He kicked the ball into touch.
  16. Word OriginMiddle English: the verb from Old French tochier, probably from a Romance word of imitative origin; the noun originally from Old French touche, later (in certain senses) directly from the verb.Extra examples Giving her flowers was a nice touch. He found his old political touch when the crisis emerged. He handles this controversial subject with a light touch. He has just the right touch of arrogance for the role. He must regain his shooting touch. Her speech brought a welcome touch of frivolity to the evening. Maybe the champion is losing her magic touch. Sculpture potentially appeals to the sense of touch as well as sight. She seemed to have a deft touch with comedy. She’s just putting the finishing touches to her painting. The candles gave the table a romantic touch. The decor includes many idiosyncratic little touches. The door swung open at his touch. The family photos add a homely touch. The security staff were in close touch with the local police. The slightest touch will set off the alarm. The solid rock was warm to the touch. They had to identify various materials by touch. This government is increasingly out of touch with ordinary voters. With students she had a sure touch and showed great personal sensitivity. You can now do your shopping at the touch of a button. a politician who lacked the common touch All this information is readily available at the touch of a button. Give your garden a touch of class with a sundial as a focal point. He couldn’t find his magic touch with the ball today. I did that very badly. I think I’m losing my touch. She has learnt to recognize the raised patterns of Braille by touch. The bird depends largely on an extremely delicate sense of touch to find its prey.Idioms
    be, become, etc. out of touch (with something)
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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.
    be, get, keep, etc. in touch (with somebody)
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     to communicate with somebody, 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, keep, etc. in touch (with something)
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    to know what is happening in a particular subject or area It is important to keep in touch with the latest research.
    be out of touch (with somebody)
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    to no longer communicate with somebody, so that you no longer know what is happening to them We’ve been out of touch for a couple of years.
    the ability of a powerful or famous person to talk to and understand ordinary people (informal) a person that you can easily persuade to do something, especially to give you money. Unfortunately, my father is no soft touch.
    kick something into the long grass/into touch
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    (British English) to reject, remove or stop dealing with a problem He tends to deal with disputes by kicking them into the long grass.
    the ability to deal with something in a delicate and relaxed way She handles this difficult subject with a light touch.
      lose touch (with somebody/something)
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    1. 1to no longer have any contact with somebody/something I've lost touch with all my old friends.
    2. 2to no longer understand something, especially how ordinary people feel
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: touch