Basic+ Word of the Day: touch

touch (verb) past tense: touched LISTEN

Someone touching a screen

If you touch something, it means that you put your hand, fingers, or other body part on it.

  • Don't touch that, it's hot!

If two or more things touch, it means that they are next to each other and there is no space between them.

  • Her hair almost touches the floor!

We use the word touch to describe how we sense things through our fingers or other parts of the body.

  • I couldn't see anything in the dark, but I used my sense of touch to find the door.

If you are in touch with someone, it means that you contact them.

  • I'll be in touch with you tomorrow.

Common uses

When we won’t see someone for some time but we want them to still be our friend and to write or phone us, we often say, “Keep in touch!” For example, “Good luck with your new job in Miami. Keep in touch!”

In pop culture

Do you know the MC Hammer song “Can’t Touch This”? Watch the video and guess what he means when he says, “Can’t touch this.”

There are other meanings of touch.

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