reach meaning

[ ri:tʃ ] Pronunciation:   "reach" in a sentence
  • Verb: reach  reech
    1. Reach a destination, either real or abstract
      "The water reached the doorstep"
      - make, attain, hit, arrive at, gain 
    2. Reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
      "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
      - hit, attain 
    3. Move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense
      "Government reaches out to the people"
      - reach out 
    4. Be in or establish communication with
      "Our advertisements reach millions"
      - get through, get hold of, contact 
    5. To gain with effort
      - achieve, accomplish, attain 
    6. To extend as far as
      "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall"
      - extend to, touch 
    7. Reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"
      - make, get to, progress to 
    8. Place into the hands or custody of
      - pass, hand, pass on, turn over, give 
    9. To exert much effort or energy
      - strive, strain
    Noun: reach  reech
    1. The limits within which something can be effective
      "he was beyond the reach of their fire"
      - range 
    2. An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control
      "outside the reach of the law"
      - scope, range, orbit, compass, ambit 
    3. The act of physically reaching or thrusting out
      - reaching, stretch 
    4. The limit of capability
      - compass, range, grasp

    Derived forms: reaches, reaching, reached

    See also: reach into, reach out, reaching

    Type of: arrive, be, bring home the bacon, capability, capableness, come, come through, communicate, deliver the goods, drive, extent, get, intercommunicate, labor [US], labour [Brit, Cdn], limit, motility, motion, move, movement, potentiality, push, succeed, transfer, tug, win

    Encyclopedia: Reach Reach, Cambridgeshire Reach, Ontario

  • [Architecture]

    The section of a sewer between structures.

  • [Business]
    verb, noun

    verb [+ obj]


    to increase to a particular level:

    Consumer debt has reached record levels.

    Total sales for October reached $800 million.

    There are signs that interest rates have reached their peak.

    Sales growth is expected to reach 20%.


    to be seen or heard by a particular group of people, especially when you want them to buy your products:

    We asked ourselves: How can we reach urban women?

    Daily papers reach a mass audience.


    to communicate with sb, especially by telephone:

    I tried to reach him all morning, but without success.

    An email address gives people a quick way to reach you.


    to achieve a particular aim:

    We have reached agreement with the unions on the new labour contract.

    The aim is to reach a final decision by August.


    1 [sing.]

    the number of people that can see or hear sth, buy a product, use a service, etc:

    The company's reach never went beyond 1% of the country's PC market.

    The Internet can extend your customer reach in more ways than one.

    CNN has a reach comparable to those of the big networks.

    a global/international/massive/wide reach

    ◆ to expand/extend/increase your reach

    2 reaches [pl.]

    particular sections of an organization, a system, etc:

    An MBA degree is often a passport into the upper reaches of management.

    the higher/lower/upper reaches of sth


    beyond/out of sb's reach; beyond/out of (the) reach of sb

    costing more than sb can afford:

    Rising property prices have put an ordinary house beyond the reach of many buyers.

    The merger has pushed the company out of Interbrew's reach.

    within sb's reach; within (the) reach of sb

    costing an amount that sb can afford:

    Rising incomes are putting cars within the reach of many more families.


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  1. no one was able to reach the farther shore.
  2. temperatures will reach a minimum of 50c.
  3. its note would reach deeper than the ear.
  4. some of the propositions reach far.
  5. reach her at home on 0355-694162

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