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reached; reaching; reaches
: to touch or grasp by extending a part of the body (such as a hand) or an object
couldn't reach the apple
: to pick up and draw toward one : take
: to extend to
the shadow reached the wall
: 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
: to make a stretch with or as if with one's hand
: to strain after something
: to sail on a reach
: a continuous stretch or expanse
especially : a straight portion of a stream or river
: a bearing shaft or coupling pole
especially : the rod joining the hind axle to the forward bolster of a wagon
: 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
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 See More
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VerbConfidence: High Tomorrow night: Mostly clear with some wind reduction as lows reach the 20s to low 30s. —Matt Rogers, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2023 Providence students won’t have problems taking yellow buses to school today, but that could change later this week if the private company that oversees school transportation in the city and the union that represents drivers don’t reach a new deal. —Globe Columnist, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Mar. 2023 Mangoes can reach their peak ripeness just three to four days after being harvested. —Health, 6 Mar. 2023 Other museums are trying similar approaches to reach new audiences. —Molly Enking, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Mar. 2023 After that, use the crevice tool to reach crumbs and dust stuck between the seats and in the nooks and crannies. —Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, 6 Mar. 2023 And candidates who pretend otherwise, are not going to be able to reach into the hearts of the American people in lit and win in 2024. —ABC News, 5 Mar. 2023 Once the teams reach the Yukon River they are scattered, with only a few at a time coming into checkpoints. —John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Mar. 2023 Greece has a limited rail network that doesn’t reach much of the country. —Costas Kantouris And Nicholas Paphitis, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Mar. 2023
NounRocker switches on the instrument binnacle are a close reach from the steering wheel and provide the ability to change the various powertrain modes (Electric, Comfort, Sport, Track) and chassis modes (Comfort, Sport, Track). —K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 6 Mar. 2023 Yes: +210 No: -270 Most Watched and Wagered Golf Tournament The Players has an international reach on NBC/Golf Channel and digital coverage on ESPN+ and Discovery in more than 200 countries and 27 languages. —Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 6 Mar. 2023 And while nonprofits news outlets help to fill the gap, many don’t have the reach that even struggling legacy newspapers still have, Usher added. —Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2023 Korean beauty brands, including Missha, Innisfree, Etude House, Clio and Tonymoly, now have global reach. —Patrick Frater, Variety, 1 Mar. 2023 The gun on a modern tank has a maximum reach of about 3 miles, and the vehicle’s top speed is just above 40 miles an hour. —David A. Deptula And Evelyn N. Farkas, WSJ, 24 Feb. 2023 Even though this address has a broad reach compared to other presidential speeches, only around 38 million viewers watched last year’s State of the Union. —Grace Segers, The New Republic, 7 Feb. 2023 Without his mainstream social media megaphones, Trump has relied on his Truth Social app which has a more limited reach. —Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2023 The dramatic final between Argentina and France had a global reach of 1.5 billion with the far-less-dramatic opening match between Qatar and Ecuador drawing 550 million viewers. —Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2023 See More
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