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1 the limits within which something can be effective; "range of motion"; "he was beyond the reach of their fire" [syn: range]
2 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 the political orbit of a world power" [syn: scope, range, orbit, compass, ambit]
3 the act of physically reaching or thrusting out [syn: reaching, stretch]
4 the limit of capability; "within the compass of education" [syn: compass, range, grasp]


1 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" [syn: make, attain, hit, arrive at, gain]
2 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" [syn: hit, attain]
3 move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense; "Government reaches out to the people" [syn: reach out]
4 be in or establish communication with; "Our advertisements reach millions"; "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia" [syn: get through, get hold of, contact]
5 to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks" [syn: achieve, accomplish, attain]
6 to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall" [syn: extend to, touch]
7 reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"; "We made it!"; "She may not make the grade" [syn: make, get to, progress to]
8 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" [syn: pass, hand, pass on, turn over, give]
9 to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear" [syn: strive, strain]

User Contributed Dictionary




ræcan. Cognate with Dutch reiken, German reichen.



  1. To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  6. To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent; as, his hand reaches the river.
  7. To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to.
  8. To understand; to comprehend.
  9. To stretch out the hand.
  10. To strain after something; to make efforts.
  11. To extend in dimension, time, amount, action, influence, etc., so as to touch, attain to, or be equal to, something.


to extend, to thrust out
to deliver by stretching out, to hand over
  • Finnish: ojentaa
  • Japanese: sc=Jpan
to obtain by stretching forth, to extend so as to touch
to hit with an arrow, a bullet etc.
  • Finnish: osua
  • Japanese: sc=Jpan, sc=Jpan
to extend an action, effort, or influence to
  • Finnish: ulottaa
  • Japanese: sc=Jpan
to touch by virtue of extent
  • Finnish: ulottua
  • Japanese: sc=Jpan, sc=Jpan
to arrive at
  • Finnish: saapua
  • Japanese: sc=Jpan, sc=Jpan
to understand; to comprehend
to stretch out the hand
  • Finnish: ojentaa
  • Japanese: sc=Jpan
to strain after something; to make efforts
to extend in dimension, time or action, so as to touch, attain to, or be equal to, something


  1. The act of stretching or extending; extension; power of reaching or touching with the person, or a limb, or something held or thrown.
    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.
  3. Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope.
  4. An exaggeration; an extension beyond evidence or normal; a stretch.
    To call George eloquent is certainly a reach.
  5. The distance a boxer's arm can extend to land a blow.
  6. 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. Any point of sail in which the wind comes from the side of a vessel.


act of stretching or extending; extension
power of stretching out or extending action
extent; stretch; expanse
boxing: distance a boxer's arm can extend
extended portion of land or water
nautical: point of sail

West Frisian


  1. Spider-web

Extensive Definition

Reach may mean one of the following:

Companies & Organizations

European Union law

  • REACH is a new European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals. It came into force on 1st June 2007 and replaces a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system.


  • Reach, a planet in the Epsilon Eridani system, and place of training for the SPARTAN-II Project in the video game series Halo
  • Reach, a nickname of Park Jung Suk, professional StarCraft player




reach in French: Reach

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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