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noun     touch pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] the action of putting your hand or part of your body on someone or something

    The touch of his hand sent a thrill through her body.

    She felt the touch of his lips on her back.

  2. 2
    [singular] a very small amount of a substance

    ‘Do you want milk in your coffee?’ ‘Just a touch, please.’

    touch of:

    Add a touch of vinegar.

    1. a.

      a touch


      The curtains are a touch on the long side.

      Things will be a touch easier next month.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the sense that tells you what something feels like, through your skin or when you put your fingers on it

    Children’s imaginations can be stimulated through sight, touch, and smell.

  4. 4
    [countable] a small feature that improves something

    The flowers in the room were a nice touch.

  5. 5
    [singular] a particular quality that someone can add to a situation
    personal/feminine/human/professional touch:

    The hotel provides good service and the personal touch.

    magic touch (=a special and successful quality):

    Jane Pickard is the businesswoman with a magic touch.

  6. 6
    [singular] your ability to do something well

    Charlotte has really developed a touch for Mexican cooking.

  7. 7
    [countable] the action of hitting or kicking a ball

    Cusack promptly scored with his first touch.

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