Synonyms of touch in English:


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


meet, join, connect, be against, be up against, 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, 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, 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

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


ask, approach

informal 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

in touch
and → lose touch


    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

    touch something off

      1‘he touched off two of the bombs’


      detonate, set off, trigger, explode

      2‘the plan touched off a major political storm’


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

    touch on/upon

      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 someone up

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


      fondle, molest, feel up

      British informal

      grope, paw, maul, goose

      North American British informal

      cop a feel

    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


      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 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