Definition of Reach in English :

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Reach meaning in English

Meaning of Reach in English

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see synonyms of reach


1. range, reach

the limits within which something can be effective

Example Sentences:
'range of motion'
'he was beyond the reach of their fire'

2. ambit, compass, orbit, range, reach, scope

an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:

Example Sentences:
'the range of a supersonic jet'
'a piano has a greater range than the human voice'
'the ambit of municipal legislation'
'within the compass of this article'
'within the scope of an investigation'
'outside the reach of the law'
'in the political orbit of a world power'

3. reach, reaching, stretch

the act of physically reaching or thrusting out

4. compass, grasp, range, reach

the limit of capability

Example Sentences:
'within the compass of education'


5. arrive at, attain, gain, hit, make, reach

reach a destination, either real or abstract

Example Sentences:
'We hit Detroit by noon'
'The water reached the doorstep'
'We barely made it to the finish line'
'I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts'

6. attain, hit, reach

reach a point in time, or a certain state or level

Example Sentences:
'The thermometer hit 100 degrees'
'This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour'

7. reach, reach out

move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense

Example Sentences:
'Government reaches out to the people'

8. contact, get hold of, get through, reach

be in or establish communication with

Example Sentences:
'Our advertisements reach millions'
'He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia'

9. accomplish, achieve, attain, reach

to gain with effort

Example Sentences:
'she achieved her goal despite setbacks'

10. extend to, reach, touch

to extend as far as

Example Sentences:
'The sunlight reached the wall'
'Can he reach?'
'The chair must not touch the wall'

11. get to, make, progress to, reach

reach a goal, e.g.,

Example Sentences:
'make the first team'
'We made it!'
'She may not make the grade'

12. give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over

place into the hands or custody of

Example Sentences:
'hand me the spoon, please'
'Turn the files over to me, please'
'He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers'

13. reach, strain, strive

to exert much effort or energy

Example Sentences:
'straining our ears to hear'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of reach
1. (transitive)
to arrive at or get to (a place, person, etc) in the course of movement or action
to reach the office
to extend as far as (a point or place)
to reach the ceiling
can you reach?
3. (transitive)
to come to (a certain condition, stage, or situation)
to reach the point of starvation
4. (intransitive)
to extend in influence or operation
the Roman conquest reached throughout England
5. (transitive) informal
to pass or give (something to a person) with the outstretched hand
to reach someone a book
6. (intr; foll by out, for, or after)
to make a movement (towards), as if to grasp or touch
to reach for something on a shelf
7. (intr; foll by for or after)
to strive or yearn
to reach for the impossible
8. (transitive)
to make contact or communication with (someone)
we tried to reach him all day
9. (transitive)
to strike, esp in fencing or boxing
10. (transitive)
to amount to (a certain sum)
to reach the five million mark
11. (intransitive) nautical
to sail on a tack with the wind on or near abeam
the act of reaching
the extent or distance of reaching
within reach of safety
beyond her reach
the range of influence, power, jurisdiction, etc
an open stretch of water, esp on a river
16. nautical
the direction or distance sailed by a vessel on one tack
a bar on the rear axle of a vehicle connecting it with some part at the front end
18. television, radio
the percentage of the population selecting a broadcast programme or channel for more than a specified time during a day or week
19. marketing
the proportion of a market that an advertiser hopes to reach at least once in a campaign

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see synonyms of reach
verb transitive
to thrust out or extend (the hand, etc.)
to extend to, or touch, by thrusting out, throwing something, etc.
to obtain and hand over
reach me the salt
to go as far as; attain
to reach town by night
to carry as far as; penetrate to
the news reached him late
to add up to; come to
to reach thousands of dollars
to have influence on; affect; impress
to get in touch with, as by telephone
verb intransitive
to thrust out the hand, foot, etc.
to stretch, or be extended, in amount, influence, space, time, etc.
power that reaches into other lands
to be added; amount (with to or into)
to carry; penetrate, as sight, sound, etc.
to try to obtain something; make an attempt
to try too hard to make a point, joke, etc.
15.  Nautical
to sail on a reach
the act of stretching or thrusting out
the power of stretching, obtaining, etc.
the distance or extent covered in stretching, obtaining, influencing, etc.
a continuous, uninterrupted extent or stretch, esp. of water
20.  US
a pole joining the rear axle to the forward part of a wagon
21.  Nautical
a tack sailed with the wind coming more or less from abeam
it may be a close reach, with the wind forward of the beam; a beam reach, with the wind abeam; or a broad reach, with the wind abaft the beam

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of reach
v. reached, reach·ing, reach·es
1. To stretch out or put forth (a body part); extend: reached out an arm.
2. To touch or grasp by stretching out or extending: can't reach the shelf.
3. To arrive at; attain: reached their destination; reached a conclusion.
a. To succeed in getting in contact with or communicating with: They reached us by phone. Our newsletter reaches a specialized readership.
b. To succeed in having an effect on: No one seems able to reach her anymore.
a. To extend as far as: The property reaches the shore.
b. To project as far as: A distant cry reached our ears.
c. To travel as far as: a long fly ball that reached the stadium's wall.
6. To aggregate or amount to: Sales reached the millions.
7. Informal To grasp and hand over to another: Reach me the sugar.
1. To extend or move a hand, arm, or other body part, especially when trying to touch or grasp something: reached for a book; reach into a pocket.
a. To have extension in space or time: a coat that reaches to the knee; a career that reached over several decades.
b. To have an influence or effect: a philosophy that reaches into many disciplines.
c. To make an effort to address the needs of a group or community. Often used with out: a program to reach out to disengaged youth.
3. Nautical To sail with the wind abeam.
1. The act or an instance of stretching or thrusting out: The frog caught the insect with a sudden reach of its tongue.
2. The extent or distance something can reach: a boxer with a long reach.
a. Range of understanding; comprehension: a subject beyond my reach.
b. Range or scope of influence or effect: the reach of the transmitter. See Synonyms at range.
4. often reaches
a. An expanse of land or water, such as a stretch of water visible between bends in a river or channel.
b. A rank or level in a social group or organization: the lower reaches of society.
5. A pole connecting the rear axle of a vehicle with the front.
6. Nautical The tack of a sailing vessel with the wind abeam.

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