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Verb. From Middle English rechen, from Old English rǣċan (“to reach”), from Proto-West Germanic *raikijan, from Proto-Germanic *raikijaną, from the Proto-Indo-European *reyǵ- (“to bind, reach”).
reach (third-person singular simple present reaches, present participle reaching, simple past and past participle reached or (obsolete) raught)
- (intransitive) To extend, stretch, or thrust out (for example a limb or object held in the hand).
- He reached for a weapon that was on the table.
- He reached for his shoe with his legs.
- (transitive) To give to someone by stretching out a limb, especially the hand; to give with the hand; to pass to another person; to hand over.
- to reach one a book
- (intransitive) To stretch out the hand.
- (transitive) To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; to extend some part of the body, or something held, so as to touch, strike, grasp, etc.
- to reach an object with the hand, or with a spear
- “I can’t quite reach the pepper. Could you pass it to me?”
- The gun was stored in a small box on a high closet shelf, but the boy managed to reach it by climbing on other boxes.
- (transitive) Of a missile: to strike or touch.
- His bullet reached its intended target.
- (transitive, by extension) To extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut.
- (transitive) To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent.
- his hand reaches the river
- When the forest reaches the river, you will be able to rest.
- (transitive) To arrive at (a place) by effort of any kind.
- After three years, he reached the position of manager.
- The climbers reached the top of the mountain after a gruelling ten-day hike.
- (transitive, figuratively) To make contact with.
- Synonyms: contact, get hold of, get in touch
- I tried to reach you all day.
- (transitive, figuratively) To connect with (someone) on an emotional level, making them receptive of (one); to get through to (someone).
- What will it take for me to reach him?
- (intransitive, India, Singapore) To arrive at a particular destination.
- (transitive) To continue living until or up to (a certain age).
- You can only access the inheritance money when you reach the age of 25.
- (obsolete) To understand; to comprehend.
- To strain after something; to make (sometimes futile or pretentious) efforts.
- Reach for your dreams.
- Reach for the stars!
- (intransitive) To extend in dimension, time, etc.; to stretch out continuously (past, beyond, above, from, etc. something).
- (nautical) To sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking to another, or with the wind nearly abeam.
reach (plural reaches)
- The act of stretching or extending; extension.
- The ability to reach or touch with the person, a limb, or something held or thrown.
- The fruit is beyond my reach.
- to be within reach of cannon shot
- The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity.
- Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope.
- (informal) An exaggeration; an extension beyond evidence or normal; a stretch.
- To call George eloquent is certainly a reach.
- (boxing) The distance a boxer’s arm can extend to land a blow.
- (nautical) Any point of sail in which the wind comes from the side of a vessel, excluding close-hauled.
- (nautical) The distance traversed between tacks.
- (nautical) A stretch of a watercourse which can be sailed in one reach (in the previous sense). An extended portion of water; a stretch; a straightish portion of a stream, river, or arm of the sea extending up into the land, as from one turn to another. By extension, the adjacent land.
- A level stretch of a watercourse, as between rapids in a river or locks in a canal. (examples?)
- An extended portion or area of land or water.
- (obsolete) An article to obtain an advantage.
- The pole or rod connecting the rear axle with the forward bolster of a wagon.