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Meaning & Definition of Reach in English

English

Reach

/riʧ/

noun

1. The limits within which something can be effective

  • "Range of motion"
  • "He was beyond the reach of their fire"
    synonym:
  • range
  • ,
  • reach

2. An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "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"
    synonym:
  • scope
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • reach
  • ,
  • orbit
  • ,
  • compass
  • ,
  • ambit

3. The act of physically reaching or thrusting out

    synonym:
  • reach
  • ,
  • reaching
  • ,
  • stretch

4. The limit of capability

  • "Within the compass of education"
    synonym:
  • compass
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • reach
  • ,
  • grasp

verb

1. Reach a destination, either real or abstract

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • reach
  • ,
  • make
  • ,
  • attain
  • ,
  • hit
  • ,
  • arrive at
  • ,
  • gain

2. Reach a point in time, or a certain state or level

  • "The thermometer hit 100 degrees"
  • "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
    synonym:
  • reach
  • ,
  • hit
  • ,
  • attain

3. Move forward or upward in order to touch

  • Also in a metaphorical sense
  • "Government reaches out to the people"
    synonym:
  • reach
  • ,
  • reach out

4. Be in or establish communication with

  • "Our advertisements reach millions"
  • "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to australia"
    synonym:
  • reach
  • ,
  • get through
  • ,
  • get hold of
  • ,
  • contact

5. To gain with effort

  • "She achieved her goal despite setbacks"
    synonym:
  • achieve
  • ,
  • accomplish
  • ,
  • attain
  • ,
  • reach

6. To extend as far as

  • "The sunlight reached the wall"
  • "Can he reach?" "the chair must not touch the wall"
    synonym:
  • reach
  • ,
  • extend to
  • ,
  • touch

7. Reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"

  • "We made it!"
  • "She may not make the grade"
    synonym:
  • reach
  • ,
  • make
  • ,
  • get to
  • ,
  • progress to

8. Place into the hands or custody of

  • "Hand me the spoon, please"
  • "Turn the files over to me, please"
  • "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
    synonym:
  • pass
  • ,
  • hand
  • ,
  • reach
  • ,
  • pass on
  • ,
  • turn over
  • ,
  • give

9. To exert much effort or energy

  • "Straining our ears to hear"
    synonym:
  • strive
  • ,
  • reach
  • ,
  • strain

Examples of using

Creaking cars reach the furthest.
Can you reach the sugar on the top shelf?
Look what a long reach Tom has.