1.Come into or be in contact with.
‘he leaned back so that only two legs of his chair touched the floor'
‘She sat straight in her chair, the small of her back never touching the chair.'
2.Cause harm to (someone)
‘I've got friends who'll pull strings—nobody will dare touch me'
‘It wasn't that the government had left a legal loophole before 1974, whereby you could put a bomb in a pub and they couldn't touch you for it.'
3.Handle in order to interfere with, alter, or otherwise affect.
‘Blogger's new image feature has screwed up my template which I haven't touched in years.'
‘Nevertheless, these are dangerous animals and should not be touched or interfered with in any way by divers.'
‘We have found them in beds, hidden in children's rooms, in cellars with locked doors that do not look as though they have been touched for 30 years.'
‘I hadn't touched the gear handle or flaps after the shot, and, therefore, reasoned the gear and flaps still were down.'
‘I didn't play her records or touch any of her stuff'
4.Be tangent to (a curve or surface) at a certain point.
5.Strike (a ball) lightly in a specified direction.
‘A cross from Pat Gaughan found Wayne Crossley and he touched the ball into the bottom corner.'
‘Superb play from Ballack, who robbed Fabregas and then touched the ball past him to earn a time-wasting free-kick.'
‘The supporting Rob Bourne was tackled almost on the line. A ruck was formed, and hooker Matt Hartley touched the ball down to score an unconverted try.'
‘Within a minute of the restart, Keeler was on target again to give Dorchester the lead, touching the ball past Wilson after being put clear in the box.'
‘he touched back a cross-field ball'
6.Come or bring into mutual contact.
‘Their lips touched softly and fused into a long, slow embrace.'
‘The moment their lips touched, Kynan's inner battle was lost.'
‘Right before our lips touched, he jumped back and pulled his hand away as if he suddenly realized what was about to happen.'
‘we touched wheels and nearly came off the road'
‘for a moment their fingers touched'
7.Bring one's hand or another part of one's body into contact with.
‘She said the move, however, attracted call boys who began shouting and touching her body instead of helping her.'
‘Nowadays, you know, my children are very aware, it's like you know, this is my body and you can't touch it.'
‘He took in a deep breath, touching my body gently, tenderly… hesitantly.'
‘Andrew touched him on the shoulder'
‘he touched a strand of her hair'
8.Come into or be in contact with.
‘Descend until your left knee bends 90 degrees and your right knee nearly touches the floor.'
‘His feet weren't quite touching the top of the roof.'
‘Lie on the floor, face down, toes touching the ground and elbows positioned below your shoulders.'
9.Cause harm to (someone)
‘After writing this article I could get into my car, strap a pork pie to my head and sing the national anthem while chugging down the motorway at a cool 70 mph and they could not touch me for it.'
‘Her brother Ephes has murderous tendencies towards anyone who dares to touch her.'
‘My stepmom didn't dare to touch me anymore and it's still the same between me and my dad.'
10.Consume or use (food, drink, money, etc.)
‘the pint by his right hand was hardly touched'
‘in three years I haven't touched a cent of the money'
‘You can't touch your pension pot until you're at least fifty, which gives it time to grow.'
‘When he leaves each day, you clear the dishes but can't touch the tip.'
‘Your investment mix would be limited, and you wouldn't be able to touch your money or borrow against it until you retire.'
11.Used to indicate that something is avoided or rejected.
‘he was good only for the jobs that nobody else would touch'
‘They do not want even to touch social and economic rights.'
‘I even came to him with that Faulkner book, which nobody would touch.'
‘Mind you losing my job didn't do much for my reputation because no-one would touch me for the next three years.'
‘Is there value to certain types of non-nutty Internet speculation that the mainstream media, for the most part, refuse to touch?'
12.Affect or concern.
‘a tenth of state companies have been touched by privatization'
‘However, stress seems to be at an almost epidemic level, touching all levels of society.'
13.Produce feelings of affection, gratitude, or sympathy in.
‘I think your words have touched my heart completely.'
‘One of them, dressed in a violet pyjama and kurta, walked elegantly on the stage and greeted the students, who were touched by his appearance.'
‘Dylan is so touched by her kind words, and comes out from behind the bushes, to the shock of everyone sitting there.'
14.Reach (a specified level or amount)
‘sales touched twenty grand last year'
‘I know that no one touches a Level Ten in real life, but for me, that line is the only reason I still continue to run or fly.'
15.Produce feelings of affection, gratitude, or sympathy in.
‘I just wanted to extend my thanks to you for all of the wonderful books you've written, your words have touched both my mind and heart.'
16.Ask someone for (money or some other commodity) as a loan or gift.
‘So in a fit of sentimentality and with the keen realization that the guy still has a couple hundred grand that you haven't touched him for yet, you name your first born after it.'
‘Seeing as how you're being so generous and all, maybe I could touch you for a few bob - er, I mean bucks.'
17.Reach (a specified level or amount)
‘Software exports have touched Rs.5,841 crores this year, compared to last year's Rs.4,200 crores.'
‘At the same time, India's imports from China touched 1.74 billion US dollars, up 72 per cent.'
‘At one point in the day, the rupiah touched 10,135 per dollar before closing at a three-month low of 10,025.'
18.Be comparable to in quality or excellence.
‘there's no one who can touch him at lightweight judo'
‘As to Ronnie, that dude is by far the best bodybuilder on Earth; he is in a class by himself, and no one will be able to touch him for years to come.'
‘No one can touch them for the sheer beauty and perfection their sport can provide, certainly not serial champions such as Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry.'
‘The two men in occupancy for England are Sol Campbell and Rio Ferdinand - and when Brown is in this form neither can touch him for poise, pace and reading of the game.'
‘Chris [Cormier] can't touch Flex for symmetry and structure, and that's why I expect a lighter and better Wheeler to finish a strong second behind Ronnie.'
19.Ask someone for (money or some other commodity) as a loan or gift.
‘he touched me for his fare'
‘The least expensive model will touch you for a couple of hundred bucks.'
20.Affect or concern.
‘Nobody can fail to be touched by the plight of the two murdered girls in Soham and the ordeal of their families, friends and all those touched by this tragedy.'
‘Anyone whose life has been touched by cancer will be aware of the vitally important work of Macmillan nurses.'
‘The international jurisprudence to which we have referred does not touch this problem that we are concerned with, does it?'
21.(of a quality or expression) be or become visible or apparent in.
‘the voice was touched by hysteria'
‘a wry smile touched his lips'
‘I watched him, quietly, with a gentle smile touching my lips.'
‘She whispered, a faint smile touching her lips, it was coming back.'
‘She held up her hands, a ghost of a smile touching her lips.'
22.Produce feelings of affection, gratitude, or sympathy in.
‘she was touched by her friend's loyalty'
1.Produce feelings of affection, gratitude, or sympathy in.
‘manipulate images on the screen at the touch of a key'
2.An act of touching someone or something.
‘At one stage, the cellular service providers presented a wide range of information services at the touch of key and enhanced memory and so on.'
1.An act of touching someone or something.
‘You can touch Evan for the occasional meal or drinks but a million bucks is crossing the line.'
2.Lightly mark in features or other details with a brush or pencil.
1.Lightly mark in features or other details with a brush or pencil.
‘her touch on his shoulder was hesitant'
2.An act of touching someone or something.
‘At the touch of his hand, all the tension dissipated from Robin's body.'
3.The faculty of perception through physical contact, especially with the fingers.
‘reading by touch'
‘We're looking for the reduction in unnecessary infection, most of which are transmitted by contact or touch.'
4.An act of touching someone or something.
‘expressions of love through words and touch'
5.A small amount; a trace.
‘A touch of self-obsession can be slightly forgiven in this case then.'
6.A distinctive manner or method of dealing with something.
‘Hull University has launched a unique mentoring project into cyberspace in a bid to bring the feminine touch to senior management jobs across Britain.'
‘She applied an artistic touch and created a lifelike clay face meant to depict Tut on the day of his death.'
‘Success, even wild success, can be a fluke, but a lifetime of wild success requires a divine touch.'
7.A small amount; a trace.
‘A touch of Superstar Complacency had set in, I thought - which is a bit rich when you haven't even released your first single yet.'
‘A touch of color to the cheeks, a little lipstick, maybe some eye shadow and mascara-makeup seems harmless enough.'
8.A small distinctive detail or feature.
‘the film's most inventive touch'
‘Little elements of character development also add a nice touch.'
‘Also offered is lunchtime delivery service, which, if you happen to work in the area, is a nice touch - call for details.'
‘I think hiring a drag queen would also be a nice touch.'
‘In homage to the location, the 37 bedrooms feature many seaside touches.'
9.The faculty of perception through physical contact, especially with the fingers.
‘Even if one is blessed with the senses of touch, smell, speech and hearing, it is sight that gives shape to imagination.'
‘Born blind, she is possessed of an incredible beauty and an amazingly heightened sense of hearing and touch.'
‘Choosing whole fish is a sensory experience that involves touch, sight and smell.'
10.A musician's manner of playing keys or strings.
‘These guys refresh classical music with their subtle touch, their accessible grooves, and a tiny klezmer edge.'
‘Bolet's touch, velvety yet penetrating, is a miracle, and he caresses each phrase as if it is taken from an operatic aria.'
‘Otherwise, the dying hot air balloon and giant bird sequences benefit most from Herrmann's deft musical touch.'
‘The Raindrop Prelude had the requisite lightness of touch.'
‘Here Engel's steely touch yet emotional warmth were ideally channelled.'
11.The manner in which a musical instrument's keys or strings respond to being played.
‘Viennese instruments with their too delicate touch'
‘A touch of paint is given to the objects to provide special characteristics.'