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English noun: touch

1. touch (event) the event of something coming in contact with the body


SamplesHe longed for the touch of her hand.
The cooling touch of the night air.


Synonymstouching


Broader (hypernym)contact, impinging, striking


Narrower (hyponym)brush, light touch, stroke

2. touch (cognition) the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands)


SamplesOnly sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us.


Synonymscutaneous senses, sense of touch, skin senses, touch modality


Broader (hypernym)exteroception, somatosense


Part meronymsomaesthesia, somaesthesis, somataesthesis, somatesthesia, somatic sense, somatic sensory system, somatosensory system, somesthesia, somesthesis

3. touch (communication) a suggestion of some quality


SamplesThere was a touch of sarcasm in his tone.
He detected a ghost of a smile on her face.


Synonymsghost, trace


Broader (hypernym)proffer, proposition, suggestion

4. touch (attribute) a distinguishing style


SamplesThis room needs a woman's touch.


Synonymssignature


Broader (hypernym)fashion, manner, mode, style, way


Narrower (hyponym)common touch

5. touch (act) the act of putting two things together with no space between them


SamplesAt his touch the room filled with lights.


Synonymstouching


Broader (hypernym)act, deed, human action, human activity


Narrower (hyponym)buss, catch, contact, dab, dig, fingering, grab, grazing, grope, handling, hit, hitting, jab, kiss, kiss, lap, lick, manipulation, osculation, palpation, pat, physical contact, shaving, skimming, snap, snatch, striking, stroke, stroking, tactual exploration, tag, tap, tickle, tickling, titillation

6. touch (quantity) a slight but appreciable amount


SamplesThis dish could use a touch of garlic.


Synonymshint, jot, mite, pinch, soupcon, speck, tinge


Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity


Narrower (hyponym)snuff

7. touch (communication) a communicative interaction


SamplesThe pilot made contact with the base.
He got in touch with his colleagues.


Synonymscontact


Broader (hypernym)communicating, communication

8. touch (state) a slight attack of illness


SamplesHe has a touch of rheumatism.


Synonymsspot


Broader (hypernym)attack

9. touch (communication) the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan)


SamplesHe watched the beggar trying to make a touch.


Broader (hypernym)solicitation

10. touch (cognition) the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin


SamplesShe likes the touch of silk on her skin.
The surface had a greasy feeling.


Synonymsfeeling, tactile sensation, tactual sensation, touch sensation


Broader (hypernym)perception


Narrower (hyponym)creepiness, cutaneous sensation, haptic sensation, skin sensation

11. touch (cognition) deftness in handling matters


SamplesHe has a master's touch.


Broader (hypernym)adeptness, adroitness, deftness, facility, quickness


Narrower (hyponym)capstone, copestone, finishing touch

12. touch (attribute) the feel of mechanical action


SamplesThis piano has a wonderful touch.


Broader (hypernym)feel, tactile property


English verb: touch

1. touch (contact) make physical contact with, come in contact with


SamplesTouch the stone for good luck.
She never touched her husband.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Narrower (hyponym)brush, buss, collide with, engage, feel, feel, finger, handle, hit, hit, hit, impinge on, kiss, kiss, mouth, osculate, palm, palpate, pick up, press, run into, skim, skim over, snog, strike, strike, strike, stroke, tag, thumb, toe, touch

2. touch (perception) perceive via the tactile sense


SamplesHelen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

3. touch (emotion) affect emotionally


SamplesA stirring movie.
I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy.


ExamplesThe bad news will touch him, The performance is likely to touch Sue


Synonymsstir


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)affect, impress, move, strike


Narrower (hyponym)get

4. touch (stative) be relevant to


SamplesThere were lots of questions referring to her talk.
My remark pertained to your earlier comments.


Synonymsbear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch on


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)affect, apply, center, center on, concentrate on, focus on, go for, hold, interest, involve, matter to, regard, revolve about, revolve around


Verb groupadvert, allude, touch

5. touch (contact) be in direct physical contact with; make contact


SamplesThe two buildings touch.
Their hands touched.
The wire must not contact the metal cover.
The surfaces contact at this point.


ExamplesOur properties touch at this point, His fields touch mine at this point


Synonymsadjoin, contact, meet


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)abut, adhere, adjoin, attach, border, border, butt, butt against, butt on, chafe, cleave, cling, cohere, cover, edge, environ, fray, fret, hug, lean against, lean on, march, rest on, ring, rub, scratch, skirt, spread over, stick, surround


Verb groupconverge, meet

6. touch (change) have an effect upon


SamplesWill the new rules affect me?.


Synonymsaffect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)act upon, bother, color, colour, discommode, disoblige, distort, endanger, excite, expose, hit, hydrolise, hydrolize, incommode, inconvenience, influence, peril, process, put out, queer, redound, repercuss, scupper, slam-dunk, stimulate, strike, strike a blow, subject, tell on, tinge, treat, trouble, work

7. touch (social) deal with; usually used with a form of negation


SamplesI wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole.
The local Mafia won't touch gambling.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)care, deal, handle, manage

8. touch (contact) cause to be in brief contact with


SamplesHe touched his toes to the horse's flanks.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)touch

9. touch (stative) to extend as far as


SamplesThe sunlight reached the wall.
Can he reach?.
The chair must not touch the wall.


Synonymsextend to, reach


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)reach into

10. touch (stative) be equal to in quality or ability


SamplesNothing can rival cotton for durability.
Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues.
Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents.


Synonymsequal, match, rival


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)compete, contend, vie


Verb groupequal, equalise, equalize, equate, match

11. touch (contact) tamper with


SamplesDon't touch my CDs!.


Synonymsdisturb


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)upset, violate

12. touch (communication) make a more or less disguised reference to


SamplesHe alluded to the problem but did not mention it.


Synonymsadvert, allude


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)hint, suggest


Entaildenote, refer


Verb groupbear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch, touch on

13. touch (cognition) comprehend


SamplesHe could not touch the meaning of the poem.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)understand

14. touch (consumption) consume


SamplesShe didn't touch her food all night.


ExamplesThey touch more bread


Synonymspartake


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in


Narrower (hyponym)receive

15. touch (change) color lightly


SamplesHer greying hair was tinged blond.
The leaves were tinged red in November.


Synonymstinct, tinge, tint


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize


Narrower (hyponym)complexion, henna, tincture









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