Synonyms of touch
1 feelDictionary • Her tiny hand gently touched my face.
feel • The doctor felt his head.
handle • Be careful when handling young animals.
finger • He fingered the few coins in his pocket.
stroke • She was smoking a cigarette and stroking her cat.
brush • I felt her hair brushing the back of my shoulder.
make contact with
graze • A bullet had grazed his arm.
caress • They kissed and caressed one another.
fondle • He tried to kiss and fondle her.
lay a finger on
2 come into contact • Their knees were touching.
come into contact
meet • a crossing where four paths meet
border • the European and Arab countries bordering the Mediterranean
converge • As they flow south, the five rivers converge.
be in contact
abut • He lived in a house abutting our hotel.
3 handleDictionary • Don't touch any of my things!
lay a hand on
lay a finger on
play about or around with
4 tapDictionary • As the aeroplane came down, the wing touched a pile of rubble.
tap • Tap the egg lightly with a teaspoon.
hit • The big cities have been hit by a wave of panic-buying.
strike • She was struck by his simple, spellbinding eloquence.
pat • She patted me on the knee.
5 deal withDictionary • When he began restoring the house, nothing had been touched for 40 years.
do • I'll do the dinner, you can help.
handle • She handled travel arrangements for the press corps.
take care of
6 affectDictionary • a guilt that in some way touches everyone
affect • Millions of people have been affected by the drought.
strike • This issue strikes at the very foundation of our community.
get to (informal)
influence • What you eat may influence your risk of getting cancer.
impress • What impressed him most was their speed.
get through to
have an effect on
make an impression on
7 consumeDictionary • He doesn't drink much, and he never touches drugs.
consume • Andrew would consume nearly two pounds of cheese per day.
take • She took tea with Nanny every day.
drink • He drank his cup of tea.
eat • She was eating a sandwich.
8 moveDictionary • It has touched me deeply to see how these people live.
move • These stories surprised and moved me.
upset • She warned me not to say anything to upset him.
stir • I was intrigued by him, stirred by his intellect.
disturb • He had been disturbed by the news of the attack.
melt • His smile is enough to melt any woman's heart.
soften • Soften the butter mixture in a small saucepan.
tug at someone's heartstrings often facetious)
leave an impression on
9 matchDictionary • No one can touch these girls for professionalism.
match • We matched them in every department of the game.
rival • Cassettes cannot rival the sound quality of CDs.
equal • The victory equalled Scotland's best in history.
parallel • His achievements have never been paralleled.
come up to
be on a par with
be a match for
hold a candle to (informal)
be in the same league as
10 askDictionary (informal) • Now is the time to touch him for a loan.
ask • We had to ask him to leave.
approach • They race at speeds approaching 200mph.
11 get involved in • These days no sports will touch tobacco advertising.
get involved in
use • Officials used loud-hailers to call for calm.
handle • One report said the aircraft would become difficult to handle.
have to do with
utilize • Sound engineers utilize a range of techniques.
be a party to
concern yourself with
1 contactDictionary • Even a light touch on the face can trigger this pain.
push • He gave me a sharp push.
tap • A tap on the door interrupted him.
poke • John smiled and gave Richard a playful poke.
nudge • She slipped her arm under his and gave him a nudge.
prod • He gave the donkey a prod in the backside.
caress • Margaret held my arm in a gentle caress.
2 feelingDictionary • Our sense of touch is programmed to diminish with age.
feeling • After the accident he had no feeling in his legs.
feel • a crisp papery feel
3 detailDictionary • Small touches to a room like flowers can give it vitality.
detail • Only minor details now remain to be settled.
addition • This book is a worthy addition to the series.
accessory • an exclusive range of bathroom accessories
4 bitDictionary • She thought she might have a touch of flu.
spot (British) • We've given all the club members tea, coffee and a spot of lunch.
trace • Wash them in cold water to remove all traces of sand.
drop • I'll have a drop of that milk.
taste • He took another small taste.
suggestion • that fashionably faint suggestion of a tan
hint • I glanced at her and saw no hint of irony on her face.
dash • Add a dash of balsamic vinegar.
suspicion • large blooms of white with a suspicion of pale pink
pinch • a pinch of salt
tinge • Could there have been a slight tinge of envy in her voice?
whiff • Not a whiff of scandal has ever tainted his private life.
jot • It doesn't affect my judgement one jot.
speck • He leaned forward and brushed a speck of dust off his shoes.
smattering • a smattering of Greek grammar
intimation • I did not have any intimation that he was going to resign.
tincture • Her courtesy carried a tincture of disdain.
5 styleDictionary • The striker was unable to find his scoring touch.
style • Our children's different learning styles created many problems.
approach • We will be exploring different approaches to information-gathering.
method • new teaching methods
technique • tests performed using a new technique
way • You'll have to get used to my mother's odd little ways.
manner • The manner in which young children are spoken to depends on who is present.
trademark • the spiky punk hairdo that became her trademark
6 awareness • They've lost touch with what is happening in the country.
understanding • They have to have a basic understanding of computers.
acquaintance • He becomes involved in a real murder mystery through his acquaintance with a police officer.
familiarity • The enemy would always have the advantage of familiarity with the rugged terrain.
7 communicationDictionary • In my job one tends to lose touch with friends.
communication • The problem is a lack of real communication between you.
contact • Opposition leaders are denying any contact with the government in Kabul.
association • The association between the two companies stretches back 30 years.
connection • I no longer have any connection with my ex-husband's family.
correspondence • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
8 skillDictionary • You don't want to lose your touch. You should get some practice.
skill • The cut of a diamond depends on the skill of its craftsman.
ability • Her drama teacher spotted her ability.
flair • She has a flair for languages.
art • the art of seduction and romance
facility • They shared a facility for languages.
command • His command of English was excellent.
craft • Lilyanne learned her craft of cooking from her grandmother.
mastery • He demonstrated his mastery of political manoeuvring.
knack • He's got the knack of getting people to listen.
artistry • his artistry as a cellist
virtuosity • At that time, his virtuosity on the trumpet had no parallel in jazz.
deftness • a player who combines deftness of touch with superb technique
adroitness • He governed with an adroitness that earned him the nickname 'old fox'.
9 influenceDictionary • This place is crying out for a woman's touch.
influence • As he grew older, she had less influence and couldn't control him.
hand • Did you have a hand in his downfall?
effect • The whole effect is cool, light and airy
management • the responsibility for its day-to-day management
direction • The house was built under the direction of his partner.
PHRASE:▷ touch and go
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ touch down
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abilityYour ability is the quality or skill that you have which makes it possible for you to do something.
• Her drama teacher spotted her ability.
abutWhen land or a building abuts something or abuts on something, it is next to it.
• He lived in a house abutting our hotel.
accessoryAccessories are items of equipment that are not usually essential, but which can be used with or added to something else in order to make it more efficient, useful, or decorative.
• an exclusive range of bathroom accessories
Thesaurus for touch from the Collins English Thesaurus
the sense by which the texture and other qualities of objects can be experienced when they come in contact with a part of the body surface, esp the tips of the fingers
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