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reach - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'reach' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Reach [ n.]
- An effort to vomit.
- 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.
- The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity.
- Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope.
- 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.
- An artifice to obtain an advantage.
- The pole or rod which connects the hind axle with the forward bolster of a wagon.
2 . Reach [ v. i.]
- To retch.
- To stretch out the hand.
- To strain after something; to make efforts.
- To extend in dimension, time, amount, action, influence, etc., so as to touch, attain to, or be equal to, something.
- To sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking to another, or with the wind nearly abeam.
3 . Reach [ v. t.]
- To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like.
- 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.
- 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.
- To strike, hit, or touch with a missile; as, to reach an object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell.
- Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as.
- To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent; as, his land reaches the river.
- To arrive at; to come to; to get as far as.
- To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to.
- To understand; to comprehend.
- To overreach; to deceive.

Meaning of 'reach' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . reach [ n]
Meaning (1):
- an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
Example in sentence:
  • a piano has a greater range than the human voice;
  • in the political orbit of a world power;
  • outside the reach of the law;
  • the ambit of municipal legislation;
  • the range of a supersonic jet;
  • within the compass of this article;
  • within the scope of an investigation
Meaning (2):
- the limits within which something can be effective
Example in sentence:
  • he was beyond the reach of their fire;
  • range of motion
Meaning (3):
- the limit of capability
Example in sentence:
  • within the compass of education
4 . reach [ v]
Meaning (4):
- to extend as far as
Example in sentence:
  • Can he reach?;
  • The chair must not touch the wall;
  • The sunlight reached the wall
Meaning (5):
- move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense
Example in sentence:
  • Government reaches out to the people
Meaning (6):
- place into the hands or custody of
Example in sentence:
  • hand me the spoon, please;
  • He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers;
  • Turn the files over to me, please
Meaning (7):
- be in or establish communication with
Example in sentence:
  • He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia;
  • Our advertisements reach millions
Meaning (8):
- reach a destination, either real or abstract
Example in sentence:
  • I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts;
  • The water reached the doorstep;
  • We barely made it to the finish line;
  • We hit Detroit by noon
Meaning (9):
- reach a goal
Example in sentence:
  • make the first team;
  • She may not make the grade;
  • We made it!
Meaning (10):
- to gain with effort
Example in sentence:
  • she achieved her goal despite setbacks
Meaning (11):
- to exert much effort or energy
Example in sentence:
  • straining our ears to hear
Meaning (12):
- reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
Example in sentence:
  • The thermometer hit 100 degrees;
  • This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour