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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To improve something (especially a photograph), by adding or correcting details, or by removing flaws.
  • v. To colour the roots of hair to match hair previously coloured.
  • v. To modify a flint tool by making secondary flaking along the cutting edge.
  • n. The act of retouching.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To touch again, or rework, in order to improve; to revise.
  • transitive v. To correct or change, as a negative, by handwork.
  • n. A partial reworking,as of a painting, a sculptor's clay model, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To touch or touch up again; improve by new touches; revise; specifically, in the fine arts, to improve, as a painting, by new touches; go over a second time, as a work of art, in order to restore or strengthen a faded part, make additions, or remove blemishes, for its general improvement.
  • n. A repeated touch; an additional touch given in revision; specifically, in the fine arts, additional work done on that which might previonsly have been regarded as finished.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give retouches to (hair)
  • v. alter so as to produce a more desirable appearance


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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • In-camera "retouch" menu is great, permits significant image adjustment without resorting to the computer

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  • In-camera "retouch" menu is unique, permits significant image adjustment without resorting to the computer

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  • A: When M·A·C approached me, I knew I wouldn't have time to make a new painting but I thought I could "retouch" the one I had just finished for the show.

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  • I mean, I could use the "retouch" feature in Picasa but, that would be frame by frame for all 136k+ frames. Forum

  • As fashion magazine editors, we retouch pictures, removing flaws and occasionally slimming down a silhouette.

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  • But it's a foolish editor these days who overdoes the retouch and attracts the type of humiliating roasting that GQ magazine suffered at the hands of Kate Winslet over a 2003 cover shoot.

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  • I agree to a certain extent; her voice sounds damaged and overly processed (almost robotic in some segments, I guess they had to really digitally retouch her voice input to make it passable), but it's still very very Whitney.

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