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[fahr-ree-ching] /ˈfɑrˈri tʃɪŋ/
extending far in influence, effect, etc.:
the far-reaching effect of his speech.
Origin of far-reaching
Related forms
far-reachingly, adverb
far-reachingness, noun
Can be confused
far-fetched, far-flung, far-reaching. Unabridged
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  • But she was most decidedly afraid of the far-reaching consequences which might be wrought by her failure to hold him steadfast.

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
  • It had been the little spark that touched off a far-reaching train of events.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • It was resonant, far-reaching, incisive; but it rang abruptly and without mellowness.

    The Voice of the People Ellen Glasgow
  • Was it merely that her far-reaching ears had heard the tumult?

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Certainly this aspect of the movement had a far-reaching influence.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
British Dictionary definitions for far-reaching


extensive in influence, effect, or range
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for far-reaching

1824, from far + present participle of reach (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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