1. touch, touching, contact, impinging, striking

usage: the event of something coming in contact with the body; "he longed for the touch of her hand"; "the cooling touch of the night air"

2. touch, touching, act, deed, human action, human activity

usage: the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"


1. touch

usage: make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"

2. touch, perceive, comprehend

usage: perceive via the tactile sense; "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"

3. touch, stir, affect, impress, move, strike

usage: affect emotionally; "A stirring movie"; "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"

4. refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with

usage: be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"

5. touch, adjoin, meet, contact

usage: be in direct physical contact with; make contact; "The two buildings touch"; "Their hands touched"; "The wire must not contact the metal cover"; "The surfaces contact at this point"

6. affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch, change, alter, modify

usage: have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"

7. touch, manage, deal, care, handle

usage: deal with; usually used with a form of negation; "I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole"; "The local Mafia won't touch gambling"

8. touch, touch

usage: cause to be in brief contact with; "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks"

9. reach, extend to, touch, be

usage: to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall"

10. equal, touch, rival, match, compete, vie, contend

usage: be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing 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"

11. touch, disturb, change, alter, modify

usage: tamper with; "Don't touch my CDs!"

12. allude, touch, advert, hint, suggest

usage: make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"

13. touch, understand

usage: comprehend; "He could not touch the meaning of the poem"

14. partake, touch, consume, ingest, take in, take, have

usage: consume; "She didn't touch her food all night"

15. tint, tinct, tinge, touch, color, colorize, colorise, colourise, colourize, colour, color in, colour in

usage: color lightly; "her greying hair was tinged blond"; "the leaves were tinged red in November"


1. affecting, poignant, touching, moving (vs. unmoving)

usage: arousing affect; "the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene"; "poignant grief cannot endure forever"; "his gratitude was simple and touching"

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