Translation of "touch" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /tʌtʃ/ us /tʌtʃ/

B1 to put your hand on something

You can look at them but please don’t touch them.
Don’t touch that pan – it’s hot.

If two things touch, they are so close to each other that there is no space between them.

These two wires must not touch.

to cause feelings of sympathy in someone

emocionar, conmover
Her story touched us deeply.
noun uk /tʌtʃ/ us /tʌtʃ/

the act of putting your hand on something

toque, roce, pulsación
I felt the touch of his hand on my face.

[ no plural ] the ability to feel things by putting your hand on them

It was cold to the touch (= when I touched it).
get in touch

B1 to contact someone

ponerse en contacto
I’ve been trying to get in touch with her.
keep in touch

B1 to often speak to someone or write to them

mantener el contacto
lose touch

to stop speaking with someone or writing to them

perder el contacto
We’ve lost touch over the years.

(Translation of “touch” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /tatʃ/

to be in, come into, or make, contact with something else

Their shoulders touched
He touched the water with his foot.

to feel (lightly) with the hand

rozar, tocar suavemente
He touched her cheek.

to affect the feelings of; to make (someone) feel pity, sympathy etc

afectar; conmover, llegar (sus palabras le llegaron muy dentro)
I was touched by her generosity.

to be concerned with; to have anything to do with

tocar; (I wouldn’t touch a job like that: no querría ver un trabajo así ni en pintura)
I wouldn’t touch a job like that.
touching adjective

moving; causing emotion

a touching story.
touchingly adverb

in a moving way, so as to cause emotion

de manera/forma conmovedora
Her face was touchingly childlike.
touchy adjective (comparative touchier, superlative touchiest)

easily annoyed or offended

You’re very touchy today
She’s in rather a touchy mood.
touchily adverb

con susceptibilidad
touchiness noun

touch screen noun

(computing) a computer screen that responds to the user’s touch on its surface.

pantalla sensible al tacto
in touch (with)

in communication (with)

en contacto (con)
I have kept in touch with my old schoolfriends.
lose touch (with)

to stop communicating (with)

perder el contacto (con)
I used to see him quite often, but we have lost touch.
out of touch (with)

not in communication (with).


not sympathetic or understanding (towards)

fuera de onda, apartado
Older people sometimes seem out of touch with the modern world.
a touch noun

a small quantity or degree

pizca, punto, toque
The soup needs a touch of salt
a touch of imagination.
touch down phrasal verb

(of aircraft) to land

The plane should touch down at 2 o’clock.

in rugby and American football, to put the ball on the ground behind the opposite team’s goal line ( noun touch-down).

poner/tocar en tierra
touch off phrasal verb

to make (something) explode

hacer estallar, provocar, desencadenar
a spark touched off the gunpowder
His remark touched off an argument.
touch up phrasal verb

to improve eg paintwork, a photograph etc by small touches

The photograph had been touched up.
touch wood

( used as an interjection) to touch something made of wood superstitiously, in order to avoid bad luck

tocar madera
None of the children has ever had a serious illness, touch wood!

(Translation of “touch” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)