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verb touch pronunciation in British English /tʌtʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theytouch
he/she/ittouches
present participletouching
past tensetouched
past participletouched
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to put your hand or part of your body on someone or something
    Beth reached out and touched his cheek.
    He was careful not to touch the blood.
    touch something to something (=move something so that it touches something else): ‘Be quiet!’ she said, touching her finger to her lips.
    He touched the napkin briefly to his chin.
    1. a.
      to press something in a light way with your finger or foot to make something work
      Kate touched a button and the machine whirred into action.
    2. b.
      to put your hand on someones body in a sexual way
      It was the first time he had touched her.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if two things touch, or if something touches something else, there is no space between them
    The chair was so high that his feet couldn’t touch the ground.
    They stood next to each other, barely touching.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to affect your emotions, especially so that you feel sad or sympathetic
    His comments really touched me.
    He was touched by their suffering and offered to help.
    touch someone’s heart: The plight of the orphans has touched the hearts of thousands of people.
    1. a.
      to feel grateful because someone has been very kind to you
      I was really touched by the flowers he sent.
      Eric was touched by her concern.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to change or influence someone or something in a positive way
    She touched many people’s lives through her charity work.
    1. a.
      [always in negatives] to change something in a way that is noticeable
      The old farmhouse has hardly been touched by modern trends.
  5. 5
    [transitive] [always in negatives] to eat or drink a particular thing
    She was so upset that she had barely touched her food.
    I never touch meat or dairy products.
  6. 6
    [transitive] [usually in negatives] to use something
    Don’t touch anything of mine while I’m away.
    I haven’t touched any of the money she left me.
  7. 7
    [transitive] [always in negatives] to work on something
    I haven’t touched the garden for weeks.
  8. 8
    [transitive] to deal with a particular subject, situation etc
    I wouldn’t touch such a difficult piece of work.
    1. a.
      to deal with or accept someone
      Most employers won’t touch you if you’ve got a criminal record.
  9. 9
    [transitive] to reach a particular amount or level
    Police recorded him driving at speeds touching 120 miles per hour.
  10. 10
    [transitive] to hit or kick a ball in a game
    He hardly touched the ball during the game.
  11. 11
    [transitive] [always in negatives] to be as good as someone or something else
    He is a great sportsman, but he can’t touch his brother.

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