touch on

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Verb1.touch on - refer to or discuss brieflytouch on - refer to or discuss briefly    
cite, mention, refer, advert, name, bring up - make reference to; "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
2.touch on - be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
allude, advert, touch - make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
center, center on, concentrate on, focus on, revolve about, revolve around - center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"
go for, apply, hold - be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"
involve, regard, affect - connect closely and often incriminatingly; "This new ruling affects your business"
matter to, interest - be of importance or consequence; "This matters to me!"
3.touch on - restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or brokentouch on - restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"
ameliorate, improve, meliorate, amend, better - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
tinker, fiddle - try to fix or mend; "Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's not working right"; "She always fiddles with her van on the weekend"
fill - plug with a substance; "fill a cavity"
patch, piece - repair by adding pieces; "She pieced the china cup"
cobble - repair or mend; "cobble shoes"
repoint, point - repair the joints of bricks; "point a chimney"
troubleshoot, trouble-shoot - solve problems; "He is known to be good at trouble-shooting"
patch up, patch - mend by putting a patch on; "patch a hole"
resole, sole - put a new sole on; "sole the shoes"
revamp, vamp - provide (a shoe) with a new vamp; "revamp my old boots"
reheel, heel - put a new heel on; "heel shoes"
darn - repair by sewing; "darn socks"
4.touch on - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
strike a blow - affect adversely; "The court ruling struck a blow at the old segregation laws"
repercuss - cause repercussions; have an unwanted effect
tell on - produce an effect or strain on somebody; "Each step told on his tired legs"
redound - have an effect for good or ill; "Her efforts will redound to the general good"
stimulate, excite - act as a stimulant; "The book stimulated her imagination"; "This play stimulates"
process, treat - subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition; "process cheese"; "process hair"; "treat the water so it can be drunk"; "treat the lawn with chemicals" ; "treat an oil spill"
hydrolise, hydrolize - make a compound react with water and undergo hydrolysis
tinge, color, colour, distort - affect as in thought or feeling; "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"
endanger, peril, queer, scupper, expose - put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
hit, strike - affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely; "We were hit by really bad weather"; "He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager"; "The earthquake struck at midnight"
subject - cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to; "He subjected me to his awful poetry"; "The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills"; "People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation"
discommode, disoblige, incommode, inconvenience, put out, trouble, bother - to cause inconvenience or discomfort to; "Sorry to trouble you, but..."
act upon, influence, work - have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
slam-dunk - make a forceful move against; "the electronic travel market is slam-dunking traditional travel agencies"


1. To bring the hands or fingers, for example, into contact with so as to give or receive a physical sensation:
2. To bring into or make contact with:
3. To be contiguous or next to:
4. To be equal or alike:
Informal: stack up.
5. To call or direct attention to something.On or upon:
6. To evoke a usually strong mental or emotional response from:
phrasal verb
touch down
To come to rest on the ground:
phrasal verb
touch off
1. To release or cause to release energy suddenly and violently, especially with a loud noise:
phrasal verb
touch up
To improve by making minor changes or additions:
1. An act of touching:
2. A coming together so as to be touching:
3. The faculty or ability to perceive tactile stimulation:
4. A particular sensation conveyed by means of physical contact:
6. A situation allowing exchange of ideas or messages:
toucher un mot

w>touch (up)on

vi +prep obj subjectkurz berühren, antippen; he barely touched on the questioner hat die Frage kaum berührt
References in classic literature ?
Ethan had imagined that his allusion might open the way to the accepted pleasantries, and these perhaps in turn to a harmless caress, if only a mere touch on her hand.
He longed to question her, to hear more about the life of which her careless words had given him so illuminating a glimpse; but he feared to touch on distressing memories, and before he could think of anything to say she had strayed back to her original subject.
Laying an affectionate and laughing touch on the boy's extended hand, as if it were at once his giddy head and his light heart, Mr.