reach

verb
\ ˈrēch How to pronounce reach (audio) \
reached; reaching; reaches

Definition of reach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to stretch out : extend
b : thrust
2a : to touch or grasp by extending a part of the body (such as a hand) or an object couldn't reach the apple
b : to pick up and draw toward one : take
c(1) : to extend to the shadow reached the wall
(2) : to get up to or as far as : come to your letter reached me yesterday his voice reached the last rows they hoped to reach an agreement
d(1) : encompass
(2) : to make an impression on
(3) : to communicate with
3 : to hand over : pass

intransitive verb

1a : to make a stretch with or as if with one's hand
b : to strain after something
2a : project, extend his land reaches to the river
b : to arrive at or come to something as far as the eye could reach
3 : to sail on a reach

reach

noun

Definition of reach (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a continuous stretch or expanse especially : a straight portion of a stream or river
2a(1) : the action or an act of reaching
(2) : an individual part of a progression or journey
b(1) : a reachable distance within reach
(2) : ability to reach had a long reach
c : an extent or range especially of knowledge or comprehension
3 : a bearing shaft or coupling pole especially : the rod joining the hind axle to the forward bolster of a wagon
4 : the tack sailed by a ship with the wind coming just forward of the beam or with the wind directly abeam or abaft the beam
5 : echelon, level usually used in plural the upper reaches of academia

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Other Words from reach

Verb

reachable \ ˈrē-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce reachable (audio) \ adjective
reacher noun

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Verb

reach, gain, and achieve mean to arrive at a point or end by work or effort. reach is used for arriving at something or some place by any amount of effort. They reached the city after many days. gain is used of a struggle to arrive at a goal. The slaves gained their freedom. achieve is used when skill or courage is involved. The artist achieved greatness.

Examples of reach in a Sentence

Verb

She couldn't reach the apple. She was too short. He couldn't reach the apple, even with a stick. She can't reach that far. We reached California after driving for two days. Their land reaches the river. Their land reaches to the river. The phone cord doesn't reach.

Noun

The ball was just out of reach. Their goal is out of reach. The country's farthest reaches had not been explored. the upper reaches of the business the upper reaches of the river
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or jradcliffe@gannett.com. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Wisconsin prep products and Brewers draft picks are plentiful at the College World Series," 18 June 2019 She may be reached at scohen@ap.org or Twitter at https://twitter.com/scohenAP. Washington Post, "AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides," 18 June 2019 An attempt to reach him for comment wasn’t successful Monday. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al.com, "2 more suspects charged in kayaking trip assault," 17 June 2019 Orders shipping outside the USA may take one month to reach you. The Reader's Catalog, "New York Review Slipcase," 17 June 2019 As an engine and coal-car rode past before the soldiers reached him, the quick-thinking Pierpont jumped on board and escaped. Kevin Leonard, baltimoresun.com, "'The rebels are coming!'– A Laurel Civil War Story," 17 June 2019 The New York Review of Books makes every effort to ensure that your issues reach you promptly. The New York Review of Books, "Missing Issues Claims," 17 June 2019 Closing arguments in the trial concluded late Thursday afternoon, and the jury deliberated into Thursday night and all day Friday before reaching it’s verdict Monday. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Wisconsin man guilty of not reporting fatal Zion hit-and-run," 17 June 2019 When Fox eventually reached out, some months later, Wharton was still in jail. Matthew Van Meter, The New Republic, "The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The vehicle was so heavy its weight placed it beyond the reach of federal government rules for fuel-economy tests, further enraging environmentalists. David Welch, latimes.com, "An electric Hummer? GM ponders a clean revival of a gas guzzler," 18 June 2019 Or the ice could carry them far to the west, beyond the reach of rescue missions should anything go awry. Anchorage Daily News, "For the biggest Arctic expedition ever, scientists will trap themselves in sea ice," 13 June 2019 Workable wood fit for carpentry was rare and expensive in Lower Galilee, and probably beyond the reach of most farmers. National Geographic, "How Jesus's childhood influenced the Gospels," 16 May 2019 But bear in mind that any financial returns may be beyond the reach of even The Phenomenon. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "All the dumb things? UFO project has $37 million deficit [Updated]," 15 Oct. 2018 But its servers were overseas, ostensibly beyond reach of Korean authorities. Shawn Musgrave, The Verge, "How ICE used an obscure rule to pursue the owners of a Korean porn site," 27 Sep. 2018 But the court remains beyond the reach of the voters, resistant to public pressure and hard to change. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Dean Heller, survivalist," 19 Sep. 2018 White Sox leadoff hitter Yoan Moncada hit a two-run homer to right-center, a few feet beyond the reach of Reds center fielder Scott Schebler who leaped at the wall. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Six-run inning, Billy Hamilton's arm hands Cincinnati Reds a series win over White Sox," 4 July 2018 Technology can identify some samples, but the reason why the foundation is crowdsourcing is the fact that there's so much that is still beyond the reach of technology. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "WhoSampled Remixes Mobile App With Music Recognition Feature: Exclusive," 28 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reach.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of reach

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reach

Verb

Middle English rechen, from Old English rǣcan; akin to Old High German reichen to reach, Lithuanian raižytis to stretch oneself

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The first known use of reach was before the 12th century

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reach

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be able to touch, pick up, or grab (something) by moving or stretching
: to move or stretch (your hand, arm, etc.) when you are trying to touch or grab something
: to arrive at (a place that you have been traveling to)

reach

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reach (Entry 2 of 2)

: the distance that you can stretch your arm to touch, pick up, or grab something
: the ability or power of someone or something to do, achieve, or control something
: the parts of an area that are a long way from the center

reach

verb
\ ˈrēch How to pronounce reach (audio) \
reached; reaching

Kids Definition of reach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to extend the arm far enough to touch or grab I can't reach the top shelf.
2 : to arrive at : come We should reach the border before noon.
3 : to extend or stretch to Their land reaches the river.
4 : to communicate with I tried to reach you by phone.
5 : to grow, develop, or increase The temperature reached a record high.

reach

noun

Kids Definition of reach (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the distance within which something can be touched or grabbed Keep matches out of the reach of children.
2 : the act of stretching especially to take hold of something Make a reach for my hand.
3 : the probability that something can be achieved Success is within reach.
4 : an unbroken stretch (as of a river)
5 : ability to stretch (as an arm) so as to touch something She has a long reach.

Legal Definition of reach

1 : to extend application to
2 : to obtain an interest in or possession of unable to reach all the assets of the debtor
3a : to arrive at and consider the justices did not reach that issue
b : to amount to did not reach a due process violation

Other Words from reach

reach noun
reachable adjective

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