be touched by (something)(redirected from are touched by)
be touched by (something)
To be struck with or affected by tender emotions, especially gratitude or sympathy, as a result of some gesture, act, or thing. I was really touched by all the students' farewell cards on my last day of teaching. We were all very touched by what you said at the funeral, Mike.
touched by, be
Also, be touched with. Be affected by some emotion, especially a tender feeling like gratitude, pity, or sympathy. For example, She was very touched by his concern for her welfare. This idiom alludes to touching or reaching one's heart, the seat of emotions. [First half of 1300s]
See also: touched