Definition of


  1. (noun, location) the limits within which something can be effective
    he was beyond the reach of their fire
  2. (noun, attribute) an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
    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. (noun, act) the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
  4. (noun, cognition) the limit of capability
  5. (verb, motion) reach a destination, either real or abstract
    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. (verb, motion) reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
    This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour
  7. (verb, contact) move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense
  8. (verb, communication) be in or establish communication with
    He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia
  9. (verb, social) to gain with effort
  10. (verb, stative) to extend as far as
    Can he reach?
    The chair must not touch the wall
  11. (verb, motion) reach a goal, e.g.,
    We made it!
    She may not make the grade
  12. (verb, possession) place into the hands or custody of
    Turn the files over to me, please
    He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers
  13. (verb, competition) to exert much effort or energy

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Reach

  1. O.E. r?can "to extend, hold forth," also "to succeed in touching," from W.Gmc. *raikjan "stretch out the hand" (cf. O.Fris. reka, M.Du. reiken), from P.Gmc. *raikijanau, perhaps from PIE base *reig- "to stretch out" (cf. Skt. rjyati "he stretches himself," riag "torture" (by racking); Gk. oregein "to reach, extend;"… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Reach

r.c., race, raceway, rachis, rachischisis, rack, racy, rag, rag week, rage, ragee, ragi, ragusa, raise, raj, raja, rajah, rake

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