Synonyms of touch in English:


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

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’

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’

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’

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’

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’

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’

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

refrain from

8‘Germany was comparatively little touched by the Renaissance’

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’

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?’

ask, approach
beg, borrow from


1‘communicating by touch is the most primitive mode’

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

2‘I gave her a touch on the shoulder’

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

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

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’

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’

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

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

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

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

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


    touch wood

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

    hope for the best
    knock on wood, cross one's fingers, keep one's fingers crossed
    touch something off

    1‘he touched off two of the bombs’

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

    2‘the plan touched off a major political storm’

    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 someone up

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

    fondle, molest, feel up
    grope, paw, maul, goose
    North American cop a feel
    touch on

    1‘the exhibition did touch on larger issues’

    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’

    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 something up

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

    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’

    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 down

    ‘his plane touched down at Nice airport’

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

    take off