UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈriːtʃ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ritʃ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(rēch)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
reach /ritʃ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to get to or as far as;
    arrive at:[+ object]The boat reached the shore.
  2. to succeed in touching or seizing, as with an outstretched hand or a pole:[+ object]to reach a book on a high shelf.
  3. to make a movement or effort to touch or seize something:[no object]to reach for a weapon.
  4. to stretch or hold out;
    extend: [+ out + object]reaching out a hand in greeting.[+ object + out]She reached a hand out in greeting.
  5. to stretch or extend so as to touch or meet: [+ object]The bookcase reaches the ceiling.[no object]Her dress reached to the floor.
  6. to establish communication with:[+ object]I called but couldn't reach you.
  7. to amount to:[+ object]The cost will reach millions.
  8. to carry to;
    penetrate to: [+ object]The loud bang reached our ears.[no object]The sky stretched for miles ahead, as far as the eye could reach.
  9. to achieve, arrive at, or gain through effort:[+ object]to reach an agreement.
  10. to make contact with:[+ object]That one commercial could reach millions of Americans.
  11. to succeed in influencing, impressing, rousing, etc.:[+ object]I pleaded with her, but I couldn't reach her.
  12. to say or agree without enough evidence:[no object]I'd be reaching if I claimed I really had an answer to your problem.

  1. an act or instance of reaching:[countable]He made a reach for the gun.
  2. the range of effective action, power, or capacity:[uncountable]If you are within reach of my voice, please answer.
  3. Usually,  reaches. [plural] level, rank, or area:the upper reaches of the atmosphere.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
reach  (rēch),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to get to or get as far as in moving, going, traveling, etc.:The boat reached the shore.
  2. to come to or arrive at in some course of progress, action, etc.:Your letter never reached me.
  3. to succeed in touching or seizing with an outstretched hand, a pole, etc.:to reach a book on a high shelf.
  4. to stretch or hold out;
    extend:reaching out a hand in greeting.
  5. to stretch or extend so as to touch or meet:The bookcase reaches the ceiling.
  6. to establish communication with:I called but couldn't reach you.
  7. to amount to, as in the sum or total:The cost will reach millions.
  8. to penetrate to:distant stars the eye cannot reach.
  9. to succeed in striking or hitting, as with a weapon or missile:The artillery fire reached the shore.
  10. to succeed in making contact with, influencing, impressing, interesting, convincing, etc.:a program that reached a large teenage audience.

  1. to make a stretch, as with the hand or arm.
  2. to become outstretched, as the hand or arm.
  3. to make a movement or effort as if to touch or seize something:to reach for a weapon.
  4. to extend in operation or effect:power that reaches throughout the land.
  5. to stretch in space;
    extend in direction, length, distance, etc.:a coat reaching to the knee; a tower reaching to the skies.
  6. to extend or continue in time.
  7. to get or come to a specified place, person, condition, etc. (often fol. by to).
  8. to amount (often fol. by to):sums reaching to a considerable total.
  9. to penetrate:Fields of flowers extended as far as the eye could reach.
  10. to assert or agree without certainty or sufficient evidence;
    infer hastily:I'd be reaching if I said I had the answer to your question.
  11. Naval Terms[Naut.]
    • , Nautical, Naval Termsto sail on a reach.
    • , Nautical, Naval Termsto sail with the wind forward of the beam but so as not to require sailing close-hauled.

  1. an act or instance of reaching:to make a reach for a gun.
  2. the extent or distance of reaching:within reach of his voice.
  3. range of effective action, power, or capacity.
  4. a continuous stretch or extent of something:a reach of woodland.
  5. Civil EngineeringAlso called  pound. a level portion of a canal, between locks.
  6. Nautical, Naval Termsa point of sailing in which the wind is within a few points of the beam, either forward of the beam(close reach), directly abeam (beam reach), or abaft the beam(broad reach).
  7. Transportthe pole connecting the rear axle of a wagon to the transverse bar or bolster over the front axle supporting the wagon bed.
  8. a straight portion of a river between two bends.
reacha•ble, adj. 
reach′a•bili•ty, n. 
reacher, n. 
  • bef. 900; (verb, verbal) Middle English rechen, Old English rǣcan (cognate with German reichen, Dutch reiken); (noun, nominal) derivative of the verb, verbal
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged attain.
    • 24.See corresponding entry in Unabridged area, sphere, scope.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
reach /riːtʃ/ vb
  1. (transitive) to arrive at or get to (a place, person, etc) in the course of movement or action: to reach the office
  2. to extend as far as (a point or place): to reach the ceiling, can you reach?
  3. (transitive) to come to (a certain condition, stage, or situation): to reach the point of starvation
  4. (intransitive) to extend in influence or operation: the Roman conquest reached throughout England
  5. (transitive) informal to pass or give (something to a person) with the outstretched hand
  6. (intr; followed by out, for, or after) to make a movement (towards), as if to grasp or touch
  7. (transitive) to make contact or communication with (someone): we tried to reach him all day
  8. (transitive) to strike, esp in fencing or boxing
  9. (transitive) to amount to (a certain sum): to reach the five million mark
  10. (intransitive) to sail on a tack with the wind on or near abeam
  1. the act of reaching
  2. the extent or distance of reaching: within reach of safety, beyond her reach
  3. the range of influence, power, jurisdiction, etc
  4. an open stretch of water, esp on a river
  5. the direction or distance sailed by a vessel on one tack
  6. the proportion of a market that an advertiser hopes to reach at least once in a campaign
Etymology: Old English rǣcan; related to Old Frisian rēka, Old High German reihhen

ˈreachable adj ˈreacher n
'reach' also found in these entries:
Synonyms: peak, get to, more...
Collocations: reach the [end, finish, limits] (of), a [long, short, wide] reach, reaching [capacity, the limit, maximum], more...

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