reach1 W1S1 [ri:tʃ] v
7¦(speak to somebody)¦
8¦(be seen/heard)¦
11 reach for the stars
Phrasal verbs
 reach out to somebody
[: Old English; Origin: rAcan]
if someone or something reaches a particular point in their development, they get to that point
reach the point/level/stage etc
I had reached the point where I was earning a good salary.
The kids have reached the age when they can care for themselves.
2.) ¦(RATE/AMOUNT)¦ [T]
if something reaches a particular rate, amount etc, it increases until it is at that rate or amount
By 2008, that figure is expected to reach 7 million.
wind speeds reaching up to 180 mph
Prices rose steadily to reach record levels .
3.) ¦(SUCCEED)¦ [T]
to successfully agree on something with other people
reach a decision/agreement etc
The theatre has reached an agreement with striking actors.
It took the jury three days to reach a verdict .
The talks will continue until a conclusion is reached .
4.) ¦(TOUCH)¦
a) [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to move your arm in order to touch or lift something with your hand
She reached into her bag and produced a business card.
He reached down to help her to her feet.
reach for
Kelly reached for his gun.
Luisa reached out her hand to stroke the cat.
b) [I,T not in progressive]
to touch something by stretching out your arm
It's no good - I can't reach.
She's too small to reach the table.
c) [T]
to get something from a high place by stretching up your arm
reach sth down
She fell while reaching down a vase from the top shelf.
5.) ¦(LENGTH/HEIGHT)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition, T not in progressive]
to be big enough, long enough etc to get to a particular point
The phone lead isn't long enough to reach the bedroom.
a skirt that reaches halfway down her legs
reach as far as sth/reach down to sth
Her hair reaches down to her waist.
6.) ¦(ARRIVE)¦ [T]
to arrive at a place
We reached London late at night.
The pyramids can be reached by public transport.
if you reach someone, you succeed in speaking to them on the telephone
= ↑contact
I can probably reach him on his mobile.
8.) ¦(BE SEEN/HEARD)¦ [T]
if a message, television programme etc reaches a lot of people, they hear it or see it
Cable TV reaches a huge audience .
if information reaches you, you hear about it
The news reached us in Lahore.
to succeed in making someone understand or accept what you tell them
= get through to
I just can't seem to reach Ed anymore.
11.) reach for the stars
to aim for something that is very difficult to achieve
reach out to [reach out to sb] phr v
to show people that you are interested in them and want to listen to them
So far, his administration has failed to reach out to hardline Republicans.
reach 2
reach2 n
1.) [singular,U]
the distance that you can stretch out your arm to touch something
out of/beyond (sb's) reach
Keep chemicals out of the reach of children.
within reach (of sb)
Keep a glass of water within reach.
2.) [singular,U] within (easy) reach of sth
close to a place
The tourist attractions are within easy reach of the hotel.
3.) the limit of someone's power or ability to do something
beyond the reach of sb
He lives in Paraguay, well beyond the reach of the British authorities.
4.) reaches [plural]
a) the parts of a place that are furthest from the centre
the further/outer reaches of sth
the further reaches of the jungle
b) the straight part of a river between two bends
the upper reaches of the Nile
5.) the higher/lower reaches of sth
the high or low levels of an organization or system
They lingered in the lower reaches of the Football League.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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