Definition of Reach

1. Noun. The limits within which something can be effective. "He was beyond the reach of their fire"

Exact synonyms: Range
Specialized synonyms: Earreach, Earshot, Hearing, Eyeshot, View, Rifle Range, Rifle Shot
Generic synonyms: Limit
Derivative terms: Range, Range



2. Verb. Reach a destination, either real or abstract. "They reach the hill"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
Exact synonyms: Arrive At, Attain, Gain, Hit, Make
Entails: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Catch Up, Scale, Surmount, Access, Get At, Bottom Out, Peak, Top Out, Breast, Summit, Top, Make, Find, Culminate, Come Through, Get Through, Ground, Run Aground
Related verbs: Make
Derivative terms: Attainment

3. Noun. An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:. "In the political orbit of a world power"

4. Verb. Reach a point in time, or a certain state or level. "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
Exact synonyms: Attain, Hit
Generic synonyms: Arrive, Come, Get
Specialized synonyms: Max Out, Break Even
Derivative terms: Attainment

5. Noun. The act of physically reaching or thrusting out.
Exact synonyms: Reaching, Stretch
Generic synonyms: Motility, Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Outreach
Derivative terms: Stretch

6. Verb. Move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense. "Government reaches out to the people"
Exact synonyms: Reach Out
Generic synonyms: Move
Also: Reach Out
Derivative terms: Reaching

7. Noun. The limit of capability. "Within the compass of education"
Exact synonyms: Compass, Grasp, Range
Generic synonyms: Capability, Capableness, Potentiality
Specialized synonyms: Ken, Sight
Derivative terms: Compass, Range

8. Verb. Be in or establish communication with. "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia"
Exact synonyms: Contact, Get Hold Of, Get Through
Generic synonyms: Communicate, Intercommunicate
Specialized synonyms: Ping, Ping, Raise
Derivative terms: Contact, Contact

9. Verb. To gain with effort. "She achieved her goal despite setbacks"

10. Verb. To extend as far as. "The chair must not touch the wall"
Exact synonyms: Extend To, Touch
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Reach Into
Also: Reach Into, Reach Out
Derivative terms: Touch

11. Verb. Reach a goal, e.g.,. "She may not make the grade"
Exact synonyms: Get To, Make, Progress To
Generic synonyms: Accomplish, Achieve, Attain
Derivative terms: Reaching

12. Verb. Place into the hands or custody of. "They reach the parcel to their parents"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"

13. Verb. To exert much effort or energy. "Straining our ears to hear"
Exact synonyms: Strain, Strive
Specialized synonyms: Extend Oneself, Kill Oneself, Overexert Oneself, Bother, Inconvenience Oneself, Trouble, Trouble Oneself
Generic synonyms: Drive, Labor, Labour, Push, Tug
Derivative terms: Strain, Strain

Definition of Reach

1. v. i. To retch.

2. n. An effort to vomit.

3. v. t. To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like.

4. v. i. To stretch out the hand.

5. n. 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.

Definition of Reach

1. Acronym. Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals ¹

2. Verb. To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like. ¹

3. Verb. 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. ¹

4. Verb. 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. ¹

5. Verb. To strike, hit, or tough with a missile; as, to reach an object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell. ¹

6. Verb. Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as. ¹

7. Verb. To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent; as, his hand reaches the river. ¹

8. Verb. To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to. ¹

9. Verb. To understand; to comprehend. ¹

10. Verb. To stretch out the hand. ¹

11. Verb. To strain after something; to make efforts. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive) To extend in dimension, time etc.; to stretch out continuously ((term past), (term beyond), (term above), (term from) etc. something). ¹

13. Noun. The act of stretching or extending; extension; power of reaching or touching with the person, or a limb, or something held or thrown. ¹

14. Noun. The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity. ¹

15. Noun. Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope. ¹

16. Noun. (informal) An exaggeration; an extension beyond evidence or normal; a stretch. ¹

17. Noun. (boxing) The distance a boxer's arm can extend to land a blow. ¹

18. Noun. 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. ¹

19. Noun. (nautical) Any point of sail in which the wind comes from the side of a vessel. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Reach

1. to stretch out or put forth [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Reach

1. 1. To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like. "Her tresses yellow, and long straughten, Unto her heeles down they raughten." (Rom. Of R) "Reach hither thy hand and thrust it into my side." (John xx. 27) "Fruit trees, over woody, reached too far Their pampered boughs." (Milton) 2. 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. "He reached me a full cap." (2 Esd. Xiv. 39) 3. To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; too 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. "O patron power, . . . Thy present aid afford, Than I may reach the beast." (Dryden) 4. To strike, hit, or tough with a missile; as, to reach an object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell. 5. Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as. "If these examples of grown men reach not the case of children, let them examine." (Locke) 6. To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent; as, his hand reaches the river. "Thy desire . . . Leads to no excess That reaches blame." (Milton) 7. To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to. "The best account of the appearances of nature which human penetration can reach, comes short of its reality." (Cheyne) 9. To understand; to comprehend. "Do what, sir? I reach you not." (Beau. & Fl) 10. To overreach; to deceive. Origin: Reached (Raught, the old preterit, is obsolete); Reaching] [OE. Rechen, AS. Raecan, raecean, to extend, stretch out; akin to D. Reiken, G. Reichen, and possibly to AS. Rice powerful, rich, E. Rich. 1. 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. 2. The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity. "Drawn by others who had deeper reaches than themselves to matters which they least intended." (Hayward) "Be sure yourself and your own reach to know." (Pope) 3. Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope. "And on the left hand, hell, With long reach, interposed." (Milton) "I am to pray you not to strain my speech To grosser issues, nor to larger reach Than to suspicion." (Shak) 4. 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. "The river's wooded reach." "The coast . . . Is very full of creeks and reaches." (Holland) 5. An article to obtain an advantage. "The Duke of Parma had particular reaches and ends of his own underhand to cross the design." (Bacon) 6. The pole or rod which connects the hind axle with the forward bolster of a wagon. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Reach

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reaccustom
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reaccustoming
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reach (current term)
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reach for the stars
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Literary usage of Reach

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1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"A son of Dardan Priam first he reach'd, 40 Lycaon, mounting from the stream ; whom erst Upon his father's threshing-floor he caught Most unaware ..."

2. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... and leaving our anchor behind, they towed us out of the reach of the arrows ; we all the while lying ..."

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