Definitions of reach

  1. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: " the range of a supersonic jet"; " the ambit of municipal legislation"; " within the compass of this article"; " within the scope of an investigation"; " outside the reach of the law"; " in the political orbit of a world power"
  2. reach a destination, either real or abstract; " We hit Detroit by noon"; " The water reached the doorstep"; " We barely made the plane"; " I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
  3. reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; " The thermometer hit 100 degrees"; " This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
  4. the limit of capability; " within the compass of education"
  5. to extend as far as, " The sunlight reached the wall";" Can he reach?"
  6. be in communication with, establish communication with; " Our advertisements reach millions"; " He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia"
  7. reach a goal, e. g., " make the first team"; " We made it!"; " She may not make the grade"
  8. place into the hands or custody of; " Turn the files over to me, please"; " He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
  9. the limits within which something can be effective; " range of motion"; " he was beyond the reach of their fire"
  10. the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
  11. move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense; " Government reaches out to the people"
  12. be in or establish communication with; " Our advertisements reach millions"; " He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia"
  13. reach a destination, either real or abstract; " We hit Detroit by noon"; " The water reached the doorstep"; " We barely made it to the finish line"; " I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
  14. place into the hands or custody of; " hand me the spoon, please"; " Turn the files over to me, please"; " He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
  15. to gain with effort; " she achieved her goal despite setbacks"
  16. to extend as far as; " The sunlight reached the wall"; " Can he reach?" " The chair must not touch the wall"
  17. An effort to vomit.
  18. To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like.
  19. Hence, to deliver by stretching out a member, especially the hand; to give with the hand; to pass to another; to hand over; as, to reach one a book.
  20. To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; to extend some part of the body, or something held by one, so as to touch, strike, grasp, or the like; as, to reach an object with the hand, or with a spear.
  21. Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as.
  22. To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent; as, his land reaches the river.
  23. To arrive at; to come to; to get as far as.
  24. To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to.
  25. To understand; to comprehend.
  26. To overreach; to deceive.
  27. To stretch out the hand.
  28. To strain after something; to make efforts.
  29. To extend in dimension, time, amount, action, influence, etc., so as to touch, attain to, or be equal to, something.
  30. To sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking to another, or with the wind nearly abeam.
  31. The act of stretching or extending; extension; power of reaching or touching with the person, or a limb, or something held or thrown; as, the fruit is beyond my reach; to be within reach of cannon shot.
  32. The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity.
  33. Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope.
  34. An extended portion of land or water; a stretch; a straight portion of a stream or river, as from one turn to another; a level stretch, as between locks in a canal; an arm of the sea extending up into the land.
  35. An artifice to obtain an advantage.
  36. The pole or rod which connects the hind axle with the forward bolster of a wagon.
  37. To stretch out, as the hand; to touch or grasp, as with the extended hand; to pass or deliver to another; arrive at or come to; gain; to extend as far as; penetrate to; to influence; affect.
  38. To extend the hand, etc., so as to touch or seize something; endeavor to obtain something; to extend in time, space, amount, etc.
  39. The act of stretching out, or the ability to stretch out, touch, grasp, etc.; distance within which one can touch, observe, etc.; limit of power or influence; au unbroken stretch, as of water or meadow land.
  40. To stretch or extend: to attain or obtain by stretching out the hand: to hand over: to extend to: to arrive at: to gain: to include.
  41. To be extended so as to touch: to stretch out the hand: to try to obtain.
  42. Act or power of reaching: extent: extent of force: penetration: artifice: contrivance: a straight portion of a stream.
  43. Act or power of reaching; extent; stretch.
  44. To be extended; try to obtain.
  45. To extend to; attain; hand over.
  46. To stretch out; extend; hand; deliver; pass.
  47. To touch; hit; arrive at; come to; attain; influence; move; affect.
  48. To stretch out the hand, foot, or something held; try to secure something.
  49. To extend to, approach, affect, or equal something.
  50. The act or power of reaching; distance one is able to reach.
  51. Something attained or attainable.
  52. An unbroken extent; expanse.
  53. Power of reaching or attaining; range; limit of power; scheme; expanse; stretch of water.
  54. To stretch; to touch by extending the hand; to arrive at; to extend to; to penetrate to.
  55. To be extended so as to touch; to try to obtain.
  56. To strike, hit, or touch with a missile; as, to reach an object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell.
  57. To extend, or extend to; to stretch; to touch; to attain; to take by extending the arm; to strike from a distance, as with a weapon; to include or comprehend.
  58. Extent; a stretching; act of touching or seizing by extending the hand; the power of extending to; power of attainment; limit of faculties; effort of mind; of a river, as far as it stretches in one direction.
  59. Other spellings of retch and retching- see retch.

Usage examples for reach

  1. I had a hunch I'd never quite reach out over that pride of yours. – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  2. Yes, beyond my reach. – Old Ebenezer by Opie Read
  3. If she could but reach and follow that! – The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
  4. Can you reach up to look in? – The Ship of Stars by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  5. What should I do and say when I should reach our men? – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  6. His letter did not reach Clive till late in the evening. – Rulers of India: Lord Clive by George Bruce Malleson
  7. No sound from here would reach the world outside. – The Proud Prince by Justin Huntly McCarthy
  8. A. I was near enough when he came out but I could not stay within reach. – The Attempted Assassination of ex-President Theodore Roosevelt by Oliver Remey Henry Cochems Wheeler Bloodgood
  9. Indeed, we may never reach Paris. – The Light That Lures by Percy Brebner
  10. She was trying to get change and couldn't reach. – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  11. " I can't reach all those people," she said softly. – Pine Needles by Susan Bogert Warner
  12. I will return to the house with Kate, and you can go in at the side- door, and reach your own room without being seen. – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins
  13. Oh, what dreams, Cardo; I cannot reach so far. – By Berwen Banks by Allen Raine
  14. And whether I ever shall reach her I cannot tell. – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  15. She thought that he would reach her. – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  16. Can we not reach him and see if he is still alive? – Twice Lost by W.H.G. Kingston
  17. What time will you reach here when you return? – The Shrieking Pit by Arthur J. Rees
  18. I must reach them, for perhaps so Quilla might be saved. – The Virgin of the Sun by H. R. Haggard
  19. She must have done so, without much loss of time, in order to reach there by ten o'clock. – The Film of Fear by Arnold Fredericks
  20. Jasko may sign the paper before help could reach him. – Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt