- to touch up or change details in (a painting, essay, etc.) in order to improve it
- Photog. to change (a negative or print) by adding details or removing blemishes, etc.
Origin of retouchFrench retoucher: see re- and touch
- the act or process of retouching
- a detail that is changed in retouching
- something, as a photograph, that has been retouched
verbre·touched, re·touch·ing, re·touch·es
- To add new details or touches to for correction or improvement.
- To improve or change (a photographic negative or print), as by adding details or removing flaws.
- To color (recent growth of hair) to match hair that was tinted, dyed, or bleached at an earlier date.
- Archaeology To modify (a flaked stone tool) by secondary flaking along the cutting edge.
(third-person singular simple present retouches, present participle retouching, simple past and past participle retouched)
- The act of retouching.