[riːtʃ] verb I
1) [T] to arrive somewhere
We hoped to reach the camp before dark.[/ex]
The money should reach your bank account within three days.[/ex]
2) [T] to get to a particular point in time, or to a particular stage in a process
You reach a point where medicine can't help.[/ex]
The children have reached the age when they want more privacy.[/ex]
3) [T] to get as high as a particular level or amount
Temperatures here can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit.[/ex]
4) to move your hand towards something you are trying to touch or pick up
He turned round and reached for the phone.[/ex]
Travis reached into his pocket to get his car keys.[/ex]
I reached across the table and took Alice's hand.[/ex]
5) [I/T] to manage to touch something or pick it up by stretching out your arm
We keep the bottles up here so the children can't reach them.[/ex]
6) [T] to achieve something after discussing it or thinking about it for a long time
Ministers must reach a decision before next month.[/ex]
7) [T] if something such as a programme or message reaches people, they see or hear it
The advertisement reached an audience of over 19 million.[/ex]
8) [T] to succeed in talking to someone by phone
I'll leave you a number where I can be reached in an emergency.[/ex]
- reach (sth) out
- reach out to sb
noun [U]
reach [riːtʃ]
1) the distance within which you can touch something by stretching out your arm
Put the books within reach of your desk.[/ex]
I kicked the knife out of reach.[/ex]
2) the distance that you travel to get somewhere
The hotel is within easy reach of the town centre.[/ex]
within/beyond sb's reach — used for saying that someone can/cannot have or do something[/ex]
[i]Achievements like these are beyond the reach of ordinary players.[/ex]
Reduced ticket prices put the best seats within everyone's reach.[/ex]

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