reach

1 of 2

verb

reached; reaching; reaches

transitive verb

1
a
: to stretch out : extend
b
: thrust
2
a
: 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)
(2)
: to make an impression on
(3)
: to communicate with
3
: to hand over : pass

intransitive verb

1
a
: to make a stretch with or as if with one's hand
b
: to strain after something
2
a
: 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
reachable adjective
reacher noun

reach

2 of 2

noun

1
: a continuous stretch or expanse
especially : a straight portion of a stream or river
2
a(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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
In the western city of Poznan, the police estimated that some 1,400 tractors entered the streets and reached the office of the regional governor. CiarÁn Giles and Monika Scislowska The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 10 Feb. 2024 But high temperatures over recent days – sometimes reaching 37 degrees Celsius (98 Fahrenheit) – and the length of time she’s been missing have fueled concerns for her safety. Chris Lau, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 The global ocean in question is believed to lie under approximately 15 miles of ice and reach a depth of 45 miles. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 Shortly after the shout, the animal appears to reach the bottom of the slope and enters an area filled with trees. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Should the stock reach €21 and stay there for 28 consecutive days, O’Leary would be eligible for stock options valued at €100 million ($108 million). Paolo Confino, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 This is yet another extension of the far reaching media empire Rae is growing. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 9 Feb. 2024 Billionaire Jorge Mas, Inter Miami’s managing owner, said in a July interview that its value could reach $1.5 billion within a year. Alan Wong, Fortune Asia, 9 Feb. 2024 Recent examples show that a film or series can reach new heights by considering Muslim artists for roles historically intended for others. Sam Gill, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024
Noun
Several transplant experts said lack of reliable transportation and living far from a transplant center can also put the surgery out of reach. Ben Tanen, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Related article Gang violence spreading to Haiti’s rural reaches, UN report says The agreement was made between political parties, civil society groups, religious representatives, and Henry’s government in Haiti, according to Le Moniteur. Sahar Akbarzai, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 For renters, high home prices are putting the American dream out of reach. Fatima Hussein and Josh Boak, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 The market’s operating hours are every other Tuesday from 8-10:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., and its reach will expand beyond school families after spring break, said Marcus Cook, a family engagement specialist at the school. Lina Ruiz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 Feb. 2024 Riyadh’s diplomatic push comes amid growing concerns over the military reach of Iran, which has proxies in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 5 Feb. 2024 With a reach of 100 million people, pre-Superbowl teasers, post-game discussions, and speculation and anticipation of the best and worst commercials, these ads will certainly pay for themselves from a mind-share perspective. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2024 Striking sites in the Mideast with aircraft launched from the United States and refueled midair is a muscular show of global reach and capability, the official said. Julian E. Barnes, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 The internet’s reach ignores oceans and borders, and the most popular social-media apps hammer users with a barrage of content. Jimmy Byrn, National Review, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Reach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reach. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

reach

1 of 2 verb
1
: to stretch out : extend
reached out her arm
2
a
: to touch or move to touch or take by sticking out a part of the body (as the hand) or something held in the hand
couldn't reach the apple, even standing on tiptoes
reached for the catsup
b
: to extend or stretch to
their land reaches the river
c
: to get up to or as far as : come to
your letter reached me yesterday
tried to reach an agreement
d
: to communicate with
tried to reach you by phone
3
: hand entry 2 sense 2, pass
please reach me the salt
reachable adjective
reacher noun

reach

2 of 2 noun
1
: an unbroken stretch (as of a river)
2
a
: the action or an act of reaching
b
: the distance one can reach
kept it in easy reach
c
: ability to stretch so as to touch something
you have a long reach
d
: the ability to reach something as if by using the hands
a new car is beyond our reach right now

Legal Definition

reach

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

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