Synonyms of touch in English:

touch


See definition of touch

verb

1‘his shoes were touching the end of the bed’

SYNONYMS
be in contact, be in contact with, come into contact, come into contact with, come together, come together with, meet, join, connect, converge, converge with, be contiguous, be contiguous with, border, border on, be against, be up against, link up, link up with, adjoin, abut, neighbour

2‘he reached out and touched her cheek’

SYNONYMS
press lightly, tap, pat, nudge, prod, poke
feel, stroke, rub, rub against, rub up against, brush, brush against, brush up against, graze
fondle, caress, pet, tickle, toy with, play about with, fiddle with, finger, thumb, handle
put one's hand on, lay a hand on, lay a finger on

3‘in June the government touched its lowest point of popularity’

SYNONYMS
reach, attain, arrive at, come to, make
get up to, rise to, soar to
get down to, sink to, plummet to, dive to
informal hit

4‘nobody can touch him when he's on form’

SYNONYMS
compare with, be on a par with, equal, match, be a match for, be in the same class as, be in the same league as, be on an equal footing with, parallel, rival, come near, get near, approach, come up to, come close to, get close to, measure up against, measure up to
better, beat
informal hold a candle to

5‘you're not supposed to touch my typewriter’

SYNONYMS
handle, hold, pick up, move
meddle with, play with, play about with, play around with, toy with, fiddle with, interfere with, tamper with, disturb, harm, lay a hand on, lay a finger on
use, employ, make use of, put to use, have access to, access, avail oneself of, get, get at, take advantage of

6‘normally he wouldn't touch a job as small as this’

SYNONYMS
be associated with, concern oneself with, involve oneself in, involve oneself with, get involved in, get involved with, have something to do with, have dealings with, deal with, handle, be a party to
informal touch something with a bargepole

7‘he wouldn't touch his food’

SYNONYMS
taste, consume, eat, drink, take, partake of
ANTONYMS

refrain from

8‘Germany was comparatively little touched by the Renaissance’

SYNONYMS
affect, have an effect on, concern, involve, have a bearing on, be relevant to, be pertinent to

9‘Lisa felt touched by the girl's unexpected kindness’

SYNONYMS
affect, move, stir, arouse, leave an impression on, make an impression on, impress, have an impact on, have an effect on
influence, impassion
upset, disturb, make sad, arouse sympathy, melt, soften
informal get, get to

10‘do you think you can touch him for some more money?’

SYNONYMS
ask, approach
beg, borrow from

noun

1‘communicating by touch is the most primitive mode’

SYNONYMS
feeling, feel, sense of touch, contact, tactile sense, tactility
texture

2‘I gave her a touch on the shoulder’

SYNONYMS
press, tap, pat, nudge, prod, poke, push, glance, flick
stroke, brush, graze
pressure

3‘she has a lovely touch on the putting greens’

SYNONYMS
skill, skilfulness, expertise, dexterity, deftness, virtuosity, adroitness, adeptness, ability, talent, flair, facility, proficiency
knack, technique, approach, style, manner, execution, method
feel, craftsmanship, workmanship, artistry, performance

4‘she replied with a touch of bravado’

SYNONYMS
small amount, trace, bit, suggestion, suspicion, hint, scintilla, tinge, tincture, whiff, whisper, overtone, undertone, nuance, murmur, colouring, breath, vein
dash, taste, spot, drop, dab, pinch, speck, smack, smattering, sprinkling, splash, soupçon

5‘there were flowers in a vase on the dressing table—a nice touch’

SYNONYMS
detail, feature, fine point, nicety, addition, accessory
minutiae

6‘visitors put the severity of the house down to the lack of a woman's touch’

SYNONYMS
influence, effect, hand, handling
direction, management, technique, method

7‘they finished training a few months apart and lost touch’

SYNONYMS
contact, communication, correspondence, connection, association
having dealings with, up to date with, abreast of, up with, informed about

Phrases

    touch down

    ‘his plane touched down at Nice airport’


    SYNONYMS

    land, alight, come in to land, come down, come to earth, come to rest, put down, make a landing, arrive

    ANTONYMS

    take off

    touch on/upon

    1‘the exhibition did touch on larger issues’


    SYNONYMS

    refer to, mention, give a mention to, comment on, remark on, bring up, speak of, talk about, write about, deal with, raise, broach, cover, allude to, make an allusion to, hint at, skim over

    2‘a self-confident manner touching on the arrogant’


    SYNONYMS

    come close to, verge on, border on, incline to, approach, resemble, be tantamount to, be more or less, be not far from, be not far off

    touch someone up

    ‘he was sacked after one of his pupils accused him of touching her up’


    SYNONYMS
    British

    fondle, molest, feel up

    grope, paw, maul, goose

    North American

    cop a feel

    touch something off

    1‘he touched off two of the bombs’


    SYNONYMS

    detonate, set off, trigger, explode, spark, spark off

    2‘the plan touched off a major political storm’


    SYNONYMS

    initiate, set off, start, begin, set in motion, instigate, ignite, trigger, trigger off, stir up, provoke, foment, cause, give rise to, lead to, generate, actuate, launch

    touch something up

    1‘the flagstaffs were being touched up with gold paint’


    SYNONYMS

    repaint, patch up, retouch, renovate, refurbish, spruce up, restore, revive, renew, revamp, brush up, rehabilitate, overhaul, recondition, refresh, rejuvenate

    enhance, beautify

    informal

    do something up, give something a facelift, titivate

    2‘touch up your CV and improve your interview skills’


    SYNONYMS

    improve, enhance, gloss, dress up, embellish, embroider

    finish off, round off, perfect

    update, upgrade

    bring up to date, modernize, revamp, revise, redo, polish up, rewrite, edit

    touch wood

    ‘I haven't been caught yet, touch wood!’


    SYNONYMS

    hope for the best

    knock on wood, cross one's fingers, keep one's fingers crossed