American English

Definition of reach verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reach
    he / she / it reaches
    past simple reached
    -ing form reaching
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  1. 1[transitive] reach something/somebody to arrive at the place that you have been traveling to They didn't reach the motel until after dark. The beach can only be reached by boat. I hope this letter reaches you.
  2. 2[transitive] reach somebody to come to someone's attention The rumors eventually reached the president.
  3. level/speed/stage
  4. 3[transitive] reach something to increase to a particular level, speed, etc. over a period of time The conflict has now reached a new level of intensity. Daytime temperatures can reach 90°F.
  5. 4[transitive] reach something to arrive at a particular point or stage of something after a period of time He first reached the finals in 2008. His parents have not yet reached retirement age. The negotiations have reached a deadlock.
  6. achieve aim
  7. 5[transitive] reach something to achieve a particular aim synonym arrive at something to reach a conclusion/decision/verdict/compromise Politicians again failed to reach an agreement. see also far-reaching
  8. with hand/arm
  9. 6[intransitive, transitive] to stretch your hand toward something in order to touch it, pick it up, etc. + adv./prep. She reached inside her bag for a pen. He reached across the table to squeeze her hand. reach something + adv./prep. He reached out his hand to touch her.
  10. 7[intransitive, transitive] to be able to stretch your hand far enough in order to touch something, pick something up, etc. (+ adv./prep.) “Grab the end of the rope.” “I can't reach that far!” reach something Can you reach the light switch from where you're sitting?
  11. 8[transitive] to stretch your hand out or up in order to get something for someone reach something for somebody Can you reach that box for me? reach somebody something Can you reach me that box?
  12. be long enough
  13. 9[intransitive, transitive] to be big enough, long enough, etc. to arrive at a particular point + adv./prep. The rug only reached halfway across the room. reach something Is the cord long enough to reach the socket?
  14. contact someone
  15. 10[transitive] reach somebody to communicate with someone, especially by telephone Do you know where I can reach him?
  16. be seen/heard by someone
  17. 11[transitive] reach somebody to be seen or heard by someone Through television and radio we are able to reach a wider audience.
  18. Idioms
    something comes to/reaches somebody's ears
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    someone hears about something, especially when other people already know about it News of his affair eventually reached her ears.
    reach for the stars
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    to try to be successful at something that is difficult
    Phrasal Verbsreach out to somebody
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: reach