touch

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noun
1 act of touching sb/sth
ADJECTIVE
delicate, gentle, light, slight

The slightest touch will set off the alarm.

PREPOSITION
at sb/sth's touch

The door swung open at his touch.

You can now shop at the touch of a button.

PHRASES
be cold, hot, soft, etc. to the touch

The solid rock was warm to the touch.

2 small detail
ADJECTIVE
final, finishing
decorative, festive, homely (BrE), romantic

The family photos add a homely touch.

The candles gave the table a romantic touch.

humorous
classy, lovely (esp. BrE), nice, professional

Giving her flowers was a nice touch.

feminine, human, individual, personal
little, small, subtle

The decor includes many individual little touches.

VERB + TOUCH
add, give sth, put

She's just putting the finishing touches to her painting.

3 particular ability
ADJECTIVE
golden, magic
deft, sure (esp. BrE)

She seemed to have a deft touch with comedy.

With students she had a sure touch and showed great personal sensitivity.

light

He handles this controversial subject with a light touch.

political

He found his old political touch when the crisis emerged.

shooting (AmE) (in basketball)

He must regain his shooting touch.

VERB + TOUCH
have
find
lack
lose

Maybe the champion is losing her magic touch.

PHRASES
the common touch

a politician who lacked the common touch

4 small amount of sth
ADJECTIVE
little, subtle
welcome
right

He has just the right touch of arrogance for the role.

VERB + TOUCH
add, bring

Her speech brought a welcome touch of frivolity to the evening.

PREPOSITION
with a touch of

‘Thanks,’ she said, with a touch of sarcasm.

touch of
5 contact
ADJECTIVE
close

The security staff were in close touch with the local police.

VERB + TOUCH
get in

I'm trying to get in touch with Jane. Do you have her number?

keep in, stay in

It is important to keep in touch with the latest research.

Let's keep in touch.

put sb in

I'll put you in touch with someone in your area.

lose

I've lost touch with all my old friends.

PREPOSITION
in touch

Are you still in touch with your friends from college?

out of touch

This government is increasingly out of touch with ordinary voters.

touch with
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verb
1 put your hand on sb/sth; be in contact with sb/sth
ADVERB
(not) actually, not even, not quite

He did not actually touch the substance, but may have inhaled it.

barely, hardly, scarcely

You've hardly touched your food (= not eaten it).

almost, nearly, practically

Their faces were almost touching.

just
briefly

His fingers briefly touched hers.

gently, lightly
gingerly
accidentally, inadvertently

He accidentally touched a live wire.

never

He said I kicked him, but I never touched him!

VERB + TOUCH
want to
(not) dare (to)

Don't you dare touch me!

reach out, over, up, etc. to

Her hand reached out to touch his cheek.

let sb

He wouldn't let me touch the wound.

PREPOSITION
on

He touched her gently on the arm.

with

She touched him with her hand.

PHRASES
(be) careful not to touch sth

She hugged him, being careful not to touch his broken wrist.

close enough to touch sb/sth

He was close enough to touch her.

2 make sb feel a strong emotion
ADVERB
deeply

The story touched me very deeply.

PHRASAL VERB
touch on/upon sth
ADVERB
briefly
just, merely

Photography is merely touched on in the book.

VERB + TOUCH ON/UPON
want to

I want to touch briefly on another aspect of the problem.

Touch is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑foot, ↑hand, ↑sun, ↑tragedy
Touch is used with these nouns as the object: ↑arm, ↑ball, ↑bottom, ↑ceiling, ↑cheek, ↑chin, ↑exhibit, ↑flesh, ↑floor, ↑genitals, ↑ground, ↑hand, ↑hat, ↑heart, ↑key, ↑knob, ↑stove, ↑subject, ↑surface, ↑toe

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

Synonyms:
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