reach for

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of reach for

1 :to move one's hand in order to get or touch (someone or something)
  • She reached for the salt and pepper.
  • He reached into his pocket for a dime.
2 :to try hard to achieve or succeed at (something)
  • Success won't come to you, you have to reach for it.

Word by Word Definitions

reach play
  1. : to stretch out : extend

  2. : thrust

  3. : to touch or grasp by extending a part of the body (such as a hand) or an object

  1. : a continuous stretch or expanse

  2. : the action or an act of reaching

  3. : an individual part of a progression or journey


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