reach  

  • Definition of reach

    • (n): the act of physically reaching or thrusting out  
    • (n): 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 t  
    • (n): the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"  
    • (n): the limits within which something can be effective; "range of motion"; "he was beyond the reach of their fire"  
    • (v): be in or establish communication with; "Our advertisements reach millions"; "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia"  
    • (v): to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"  
    • (v): move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense; "Government reaches out to the people"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"; "We made it!"; "She may not make the grade"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"  
    • (v): to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall"  

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