verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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 followed by to ).
to amount (often followed 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.
to sail on a reach.
to 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.
Also called pound. a level portion of a canal, between locks.
Nautical. a 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)
the 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.

before 900; (v.) Middle English rechen, Old English rǣcan (cognate with German reichen, Dutch reiken); (noun) derivative of the v.

reachable, adjective
reachability, noun
reacher, noun
unreachable, adjective
unreached, adjective

1. attain. 24. area, sphere, scope. Unabridged
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reach (riːtʃ)
1.  (tr) to arrive at or get to (a place, person, etc) in the course of movement or action: to reach the office
2.  to extend as far as (a point or place): to reach the ceiling; can you reach?
3.  (tr) to come to (a certain condition, stage, or situation): to reach the point of starvation
4.  (intr) to extend in influence or operation: the Roman conquest reached throughout England
5.  informal (tr) 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.  (tr) to make contact or communication with (someone): we tried to reach him all day
9.  (tr) to strike, esp in fencing or boxing
10.  (tr) to amount to (a certain sum): to reach the five million mark
11.  (intr) nautical to sail on a tack with the wind on or near abeam
12.  the act of reaching
13.  the extent or distance of reaching: within reach of safety; beyond her reach
14.  the range of influence, power, jurisdiction, etc
15.  an open stretch of water, esp on a river
16.  nautical the direction or distance sailed by a vessel on one tack
17.  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
[Old English rǣcan; related to Old Frisian rēka, Old High German reihhen]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ræcan "to extend, hold forth," also "to succeed in touching," from W.Gmc. *raikjan "stretch out the hand" (cf. O.Fris. reka, M.Du. reiken), from P.Gmc. *raikijanau, perhaps from PIE base *reig- "to stretch out" (cf. Skt. rjyati "he stretches himself," riag "torture" (by racking); Gk. oregein
"to reach, extend;" Lith. raizius "to stretch oneself;" O.Ir. rigim "I stretch"), related to base *reg- "to rule, to lead straight, to put right" (see regal). Shakespeare uses the now-obsolete past tense form raught (O.E. ræhte). Meaning "arrive at" is early 14c.; that of "succeed in influencing" is from 1660s. The noun is first recorded 1520s; earliest use is of stretches of water. Reach-me-down "ready-made" (of clothes) is recorded from 1862, from notion of being on the rack in a finished state.
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