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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.


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.


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.


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.


Broader (hypernym)communicating, communication

8. touch (state) a slight attack of illness

SamplesHe has a touch of rheumatism.


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


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!.


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


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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