What does reach mean?

Definitions for reach
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reach.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. range, reachnoun

    the limits within which something can be effective

    "range of motion"; "he was beyond the reach of their fire"

  2. scope, range, reach, orbit, compass, ambitnoun

    an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"

    "a piano has a greater range than the human voice"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power"

  3. reach, reaching, stretchnoun

    the act of physically reaching or thrusting out

  4. compass, range, reach, graspverb

    the limit of capability

    "within the compass of education"

  5. reach, make, attain, hit, arrive at, gainverb

    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"

  6. reach, hit, attainverb

    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"

  7. reach, reach outverb

    move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense

    "Government reaches out to the people"

  8. reach, get through, get hold of, contactverb

    be in or establish communication with

    "Our advertisements reach millions"; "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia"

  9. achieve, accomplish, attain, reachverb

    to gain with effort

    "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"

  10. reach, extend to, touchverb

    to extend as far as

    "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall"

  11. reach, make, get to, progress toverb

    reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"

    "We made it!"; "She may not make the grade"

  12. pass, hand, reach, pass on, turn over, giveverb

    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"

  13. strive, reach, strainverb

    to exert much effort or energy

    "straining our ears to hear"

Wiktionary

  1. reachnoun

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

  2. reachnoun

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

  3. reachnoun

    Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope.

  4. reachnoun

    An exaggeration; an extension beyond evidence or normal; a stretch.

    To call George eloquent is certainly a reach.

  5. reachnoun

    The distance a boxer's arm can extend to land a blow.

  6. reachnoun

    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.

  7. reachnoun

    Any point of sail in which the wind comes from the side of a vessel.

  8. reachverb

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

  9. reachverb

    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.

  10. reachverb

    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.

  11. reachverb

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

  12. reachverb

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

  13. reachverb

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

  14. reachverb

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

    In 3 years, he reached the position of manager.

  15. reachverb

    To understand; to comprehend.

    I didn't reach what he was trying to tell me.

  16. reachverb

    To stretch out the hand.

  17. reachverb

    To strain after something; to make efforts.

    Reach for your dreams.

  18. reachverb

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

  19. Etymology: From rechen, from ræcan, from raikijanan, from the rēigh-. Cognate with Dutch reiken, German reichen.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reachnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    There may be in a man’s reach a book containing pictures and discourses, capable to delight and instruct him, which yet he may never have the will to open. John Locke.

    In actions, within the reach of power in him, a man seems as free as it is possible for freedom to make him. John Locke.

    Our sight may be considered as a more diffusive kind of touch, that brings into our reach some of the most remote parts of the universe. Addison.

    Be sure yourself and your own reach to know,
    How far your genius, taste and learning go. Alexander Pope.

    Drawn by others, who had deeper reaches than themselves to matters which they least intended. John Hayward.

    Some, under types, have affected obscurity to amuse and make themselves admired for profound reaches. James Howell.

    The duke of Parma had particular reaches and ends of his own underhand, to cross the design. Francis Bacon.

    Strain not my speech
    To grosser issues, nor to larger reach,
    Than to suspicion. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    The confines met of empyrean heav’n,
    And of this world: and, on the left hand, hell
    With long reach interpos’d, John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

  2. To Reachverb

    ancient preterite raught.

    Etymology: ræcan , Saxon.

    What are riches, empire, pow’r,
    But larger means to gratify the will;
    The steps by which we climb to rise and reach
    Our wish, and that obtained, down with a scaffolding
    Of scepters, crowns and thrones: they’ve serv’d their end,
    And there like lumber to be left and scorn’d. William Congreve.

    Round the tree
    They longing stood, but could not reach. John Milton.

    O patron pow’r, thy present aid afford,
    That I may reach the beast. Dryden.

    The coast so long desir’d
    Thy troops shall reach, but having reach’d, repent. Dryden.

    What remains beyond this, we have no more a positive notion of, than a mariner has of the depth of the sea; where, having let down his sounding-line, he reaches no bottom. John Locke.

    It must fall perhaps before this letter reaches your hands. Alexander Pope.

    He reached me a full cup. 2 Esdr. xiv. 39.

    Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side. John xx. 27.

    These kinds of goodness are so nearly united to the things which desire them, that we scarcely perceive the appetite to stir in reaching forth her hand towards them. Richard Hooker.

    When thou sittest among many, reach not thine hand out first. Ecclus. xxxi. 18.

    The best accounts of the appearances of nature, which human penetration can reach, comes short of its reality. George Cheyne.

    Through such hands
    The knowledge of the gods is reach’d to man. Nicholas Rowe.

    Whatever alterations are made in the body, if they reach not the mind, there is no perception. John Locke.

    The law reached the intention of the promoters, and this act fixed the natural price of money. John Locke.

    If these examples of grown men reach not the case of children, let them examine. John Locke, on Education.

    Thy desire leads to no excess that reaches blame. John Milton.

    Her imprecations reach not to the tomb,
    They shut not out society in death. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Trees reach’d too far their pamper’d boughs. John Milton.

  3. To Reachverb

    We hold that the power which the church hath lawfully to make laws doth extend unto sundry things of ecclesiastical jurisdiction, and such other matters whereto their opinion is, that the church’s authority and power doth not reach. Richard Hooker.

    The new world reaches quite cross the torrid zone in one tropick to the other. Boyle.

    When men pursue their thoughts of space, they are apt to stop at the confines of body, as if space were there at an end too, and reached no farther. John Locke.

    If I do not ask any thing improper, let me be buried by Theodosius; my vow reaches no farther than the grave. Add.

    The influence of the stars reaches to many events, which are not in the power of reason. Jonathan Swift.

    Great men have reaching hands. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    He hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage, that reacheth up into heaven. 2 Chr. xxviii.

    We reach forward into futurity, and bring up to our thoughts objects hid in the remotest depths of time. Addison.

    Could a sailor always supply new line, and find the plummet sink without stopping, he would be in the posture of the mind, reaching after a positive idea of infinity. John Locke.

    Lest he reach of the tree of life, and eat. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reachverb

    to retch

  2. Reachnoun

    an effort to vomit

  3. Reachverb

    to extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like

  4. Reachverb

    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

  5. Reachverb

    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

  6. Reachverb

    to strike, hit, or touch with a missile; as, to reach an object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell

  7. Reachverb

    hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as

  8. Reachverb

    to extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent; as, his land reaches the river

  9. Reachverb

    to arrive at; to come to; to get as far as

  10. Reachverb

    to arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to

  11. Reachverb

    to understand; to comprehend

  12. Reachverb

    to overreach; to deceive

  13. Reachverb

    to stretch out the hand

  14. Reachverb

    to strain after something; to make efforts

  15. Reachverb

    to extend in dimension, time, amount, action, influence, etc., so as to touch, attain to, or be equal to, something

  16. Reachverb

    to sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking to another, or with the wind nearly abeam

  17. Reachnoun

    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

  18. Reachnoun

    the power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity

  19. Reachnoun

    extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope

  20. Reachnoun

    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

  21. Reachnoun

    an artifice to obtain an advantage

  22. Reachnoun

    the pole or rod which connects the hind axle with the forward bolster of a wagon

  23. Etymology: [OE. rechen, AS. rcan, rcean, to extend, stretch out; akin to D. reiken, G. reichen, and possibly to AS. rce powerful, rich, E. rich. 115.]

Freebase

  1. Reach

    "Reach" is a song by Gloria Estefan, released as a single in 1996. Co-written with Diane Warren and taken from the official Atlanta 96 album Rhythm of the Games, it later featured on Destiny, which is Estefan's seventh studio album.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reach

    rēch, v.t. to stretch or extend: to attain or obtain by stretching out the hand: to hand over: to extend to: to arrive at: to get at: to gain.—v.i. to be extended: to mount up in quantity or number: to stretch out the hand: to try to obtain: to arrive.—n. act or power of reaching: extent of stretch: extent of force: penetration: artifice: contrivance: a straight portion of a stream between bends: (naut.) the distance traversed between tacks.—adj Reach′able, within reach.—ns. Reach′er, one who reaches; Reach′ing-post, in rope-making, a post fixed at the lower end of a rope-walk.—adjs Reach′less, unattainable; Reach′-me-down, ready-made.—Head reach, the distance to windward traversed by a vessel while tacking. [A.S. rǽcan; Ger. reichen, to reach.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. reach

    A straight part of a navigable river; the distance between any two elbows on the banks, wherein the current flows in uninterrupted course.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reach' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1517

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reach' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2209

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reach' in Nouns Frequency: #2166

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reach' in Verbs Frequency: #96

Anagrams for reach »

  1. acher

  2. chear

  3. chare

  4. arche

  5. rache

  6. chera

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reach in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of reach in a Sentence

  1. Cody Wilson:

    It's still out of reach for them. We'll get to watch it all develop, the plans will be here when that moment comes.

  2. Harry Harris:

    And a nuclear-capable North Korea with missiles that can reach the United States is unacceptable.

  3. Ron Wyden:

    If America is to cure Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes and HIV in the years ahead, these cures must not be unaffordable and beyond the reach of most Americans.

  4. Sara Senatore:

    China still generates plenty of cash and its brand and supply chain have a very broad reach. So from a practical standpoint, it doesn't need franchisees to expand.

  5. Lindsey Graham:

    I don't know Dr. (Ben) Carson's foreign policy. He's got to explain it to me, carly (Fiorina) said she's not reached the point where she would say we need boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria. I don't know what point we've got to reach. It's obvious to me that we're well past the point where we need to deal with ISIL on the ground and Iraq and Syria.

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