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Definition of "retouch" [re•touch]

  • To add new details or touches to for correction or improvement. (verb-transitive)
  • To improve or change (a photographic negative or print), as by adding details or removing flaws. (verb-transitive)
  • To color (recent growth of hair) to match hair that was tinted, dyed, or bleached at an earlier date. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaeology To modify (a flaked stone tool) by secondary flaking along the cutting edge. (verb-transitive)
  • To give or make retouches. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "retouch" in a sentence
  • "And yet, the advertisers must have felt compelled otherwise to strongly "retouch"--airbrush is the industry term of the digital process of "photoshopping"--Roberts' and Turlington's photo shoots."
  • "I admit I cheated--I had the most tremendous bags under my eyes this morning, which drove to me figure out how to use the "retouch" tool..."
  • "A big - no, a huge - draw was that Howell is a professional photographer who knows how to use lighting in flattering ways and discreetly "retouch" photos so that skin tones appear even and blemishes and other flaws disappear."