WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
reach /ritʃ/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to get to or as far as;
arrive at:[~ + object]The boat reached the shore.
- to succeed in touching or seizing, as with an outstretched hand or a pole:[~ + object]to reach a book on a high shelf.
- to make a movement or effort to touch or seize something:[no object]to reach for a weapon.
- to stretch or hold out;
extend: [~ + out + object]reaching out a hand in greeting.[~ + object + out]She reached a hand out in greeting.
- to stretch or extend so as to touch or meet: [~ + object]The bookcase reaches the ceiling.[no object]Her dress reached to the floor.
- to establish communication with:[~ + object]I called but couldn't reach you.
- to amount to:[~ + object]The cost will reach millions.
- to carry to;
penetrate to: [~ + object]The loud bang reached our ears.[no object]The sky stretched for miles ahead, as far as the eye could reach.
- to achieve, arrive at, or gain through effort:[~ + object]to reach an agreement.
- to make contact with:[~ + object]That one commercial could reach millions of Americans.
- to succeed in influencing, impressing, rousing, etc.:[~ + object]I pleaded with her, but I couldn't reach her.
- to say or agree without enough evidence:[no object]I'd be reaching if I claimed I really had an answer to your problem.
- an act or instance of reaching:[countable]He made a reach for the gun.
- the range of effective action, power, or capacity:[uncountable]If you are within reach of my voice, please answer.
- Usually, reaches. [plural] level, rank, or area:the upper reaches of the atmosphere.
(rēch),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to get to or get as far as in moving, going, traveling, etc.:The boat reached the shore.
- to come to or arrive at in some course of progress, action, etc.:Your letter never reached me.
- to succeed in touching or seizing with an outstretched hand, a pole, etc.:to reach a book on a high shelf.
- to stretch or hold out;
extend:reaching out a hand in greeting.
- to stretch or extend so as to touch or meet:The bookcase reaches the ceiling.
- to establish communication with:I called but couldn't reach you.
- to amount to, as in the sum or total:The cost will reach millions.
- to penetrate to:distant stars the eye cannot reach.
- to succeed in striking or hitting, as with a weapon or missile:The artillery fire reached the shore.
- to succeed in making contact with, influencing, impressing, interesting, convincing, etc.:a program that reached a large teenage audience.
- to make a stretch, as with the hand or arm.
- to become outstretched, as the hand or arm.
- to make a movement or effort as if to touch or seize something:to reach for a weapon.
- to extend in operation or effect:power that reaches throughout the land.
- to stretch in space;
extend in direction, length, distance, etc.:a coat reaching to the knee; a tower reaching to the skies.
- to extend or continue in time.
- to get or come to a specified place, person, condition, etc. (often fol. by to).
- to amount (often fol. by to):sums reaching to a considerable total.
- to penetrate:Fields of flowers extended as far as the eye could reach.
- to assert or agree without certainty or sufficient evidence;
infer hastily:I'd be reaching if I said I had the answer to your question.
- Naval Terms[Naut.]
- , Nautical, Naval Termsto sail on a reach.
- , Nautical, Naval Termsto sail with the wind forward of the beam but so as not to require sailing close-hauled.
- an act or instance of reaching:to make a reach for a gun.
- the extent or distance of reaching:within reach of his voice.
- range of effective action, power, or capacity.
- a continuous stretch or extent of something:a reach of woodland.
- Civil EngineeringAlso called pound. a level portion of a canal, between locks.
- Nautical, Naval Termsa point of sailing in which the wind is within a few points of the beam, either forward of the beam(close reach), directly abeam (beam reach), or abaft the beam(broad reach).
- Transportthe pole connecting the rear axle of a wagon to the transverse bar or bolster over the front axle supporting the wagon bed.
- a straight portion of a river between two bends.
- bef. 900; (verb, verbal) Middle English rechen, Old English rǣcan (cognate with German reichen, Dutch reiken); (noun, nominal) derivative of the verb, verbal
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged attain.
- 24.See corresponding entry in Unabridged area, sphere, scope.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
reach /riːtʃ/ vb
- (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?
- (transitive) to come to (a certain condition, stage, or situation): to reach the point of starvation
- (intransitive) to extend in influence or operation: the Roman conquest reached throughout England
- (transitive) informal to pass or give (something to a person) with the outstretched hand
- (intr; followed by out, for, or after) to make a movement (towards), as if to grasp or touch
- (transitive) to make contact or communication with (someone): we tried to reach him all day
- (transitive) to strike, esp in fencing or boxing
- (transitive) to amount to (a certain sum): to reach the five million mark
- (intransitive) to sail on a tack with the wind on or near abeam
Etymology: Old English rǣcan; related to Old Frisian rēka, Old High German reihhenˈreachable adj ˈreacher n
- 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
- the direction or distance sailed by a vessel on one tack
- the proportion of a market that an advertiser hopes to reach at least once in a campaign
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