Definition of reach in English:

reach

verb

  • 1[no object, with adverbial of direction] Stretch out an arm in a specified direction in order to touch or grasp something:

    ‘he reached over and turned off his bedside light’
    ‘she reached out to squeeze Hope's hand’
    • ‘He then reaches inside his desk and grabs a blue pen and his black checkbook.’
    • ‘‘No,’ I said, reaching unseeingly towards the direction of her voice, trying to keep her from leaving.’
    • ‘‘I'll see you whenever,’ he said, stretching then reaching into his pocket for a cigarette.’
    • ‘He reached up and grasped the wooden frame, and lifted it off of its wall hook.’
    • ‘We're quiet and then Matt reaches forward, grasping my hands in his.’
    • ‘Standing up and stretching, I reached into the air, my back curving and my toes curling.’
    • ‘He reached over and touched her hand, grasping it lightly and not saying a word.’
    • ‘She reached over, grasped his forearm, and gave it a light reassuring squeeze.’
    • ‘He smiled sadly and I reached forward and grasped his hand, squeezing it slightly.’
    • ‘She actually surprised herself when she reached up to grasp his hand without a second thought.’
    • ‘I felt two hands cover my eyes, and I gasped in surprise, reaching up to grasp them.’
    • ‘He wasn't here yet, so I dropped my shoes to the ground, reaching around to stretch my back and lower legs.’
    • ‘I yelled, reaching up and grasping the sleeve of her shirt.’
    • ‘He yawned, stretching his arms and reaching down to his pocket when he felt his phone vibrating.’
    • ‘The girl stretched before reaching forward and placing the silver colored portable phone on the coffee table next to the mail.’
    • ‘The arm of the dancer to her left literally stretches as it reaches toward the leader's hand, where momentum has broken the circle.’
    • ‘There is a strange gleam in the older boy's eyes as he reaches down to grasp the hem of his shirt.’
    • ‘She unrolled herself and got out of bed, stretching before reaching over to the temporary portable wardrobe that had been set up for her use.’
    • ‘It'll be good for me, stretching and reaching in the fresh air, too.’
    • ‘He laid helplessly on the ground, reaching in Taylor's direction.’
    stretch out, hold out, extend, outstretch, thrust out, stick out
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    1. 1.1reach for Extend one's hand or arm in an attempt to touch or grasp (something):
      ‘Leith reached for the nearest folder’
      • ‘He reached for the phone, his fingers trembling as he called for an ambulance.’
      • ‘David mumbles as an idea comes into his head and he reaches for the cordless phone, which is resting, by his side.’
      • ‘He reaches for the phone and dials Caroline, hoping she'll give him a lift but she's had a hard day with the kids.’
      • ‘She reaches for the phone, the camera angles changes and we see Maya standing behind her.’
      • ‘Sadly, by the time you reach middle age even good spellers like myself start reaching for the dictionary more and more.’
      • ‘She cried out to him, reaching for his touch as she sat unable to move upon the ground.’
      • ‘Lucas reached for my hand, catching me completely off guard, and laced his fingers with mine.’
      • ‘Something grabs his attention in the kitchen, and he reaches for the phone, then thinks better of it.’
      • ‘He reached for his cellular phone and scrolled through the many numbers he had stored in it.’
      • ‘I launch myself at him, springing forward, and my arms reaching for him.’
      • ‘Within seconds the first track had him reaching for the phone again.’
      • ‘I gave a half hearted attempt at an amused sneer and shook my head, reaching for my book again.’
      • ‘I glared at her and then reached for my phone to call my brother when a car pulled up beside us.’
      • ‘At those times my hand would reach for the phone to cancel the appointment.’
      • ‘He reached for Mel's hand, and as their fingers touched he felt like he'd been plugged into the mains.’
      • ‘Astor reached for his phone and moved it on to the bed, where he could see the speed-dial buttons.’
      • ‘But as she reached for her bag, he snatched it from the passenger seat and ran off.’
      • ‘Everyone watching was shocked and people started reaching for mobile phones and cameras.’
      • ‘She touched his shoulder just as he was reaching for the knob and he turned back to her.’
      • ‘Scarlett, attempting to stop crying, took a deep breath and reached for the cell phone again.’
      reach for, snatch at, make a grab for, catch at, claw at
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    2. 1.2reach something out[with object] Stretch out one's hand or arm:
      ‘he reached out a hand and touched her hair’
      • ‘He reached his hand out to me and stretched his arm around my waist, pulling me closer to him.’
      • ‘Gracie smiled a genuine smile, reaching her hand out for a handshake.’
      • ‘I walked towards it, slowly, reaching my hand out to grasp onto the brass doorknob.’
      • ‘He moved closer, reaching his hand out to move the branches aside to see if anyone was hiding in the bush.’
      • ‘He reaches his hand out to me and invites me to sit in the spa room with him away from the noise of the video.’
      • ‘When the song is over I reach my hand out and say, ‘Nice set, James,’ touching him on the shoulder.’
      • ‘Unconsciously, she slowly began to lean forward, reaching her hand out towards his face.’
      • ‘‘Sorry I'm so late,’ she apologized, balancing her books in her hands, reaching her note out for Mr. Burrows to grab.’
      • ‘And he reaches his hands out and just touches a baby's face.’
      • ‘‘My name's Trevor,’ he said, reaching his hand out for a shake.’
      • ‘The president smiled, reaching his hand out for the phone.’
      • ‘‘Watch your step,’ Shayla said, reaching her hand out to catch him.’
      • ‘Christopher took a step forward, reaching his hand out for her before he could catch himself.’
      • ‘And she smiled, reaching her arms out to me in love.’
      • ‘He sighed, closing his eyes and reaching his arms out in front of him.’
      • ‘I walked towards the tiger, reaching my hand out to touch it.’
      • ‘Unwittingly she slumped in the chair, her legs stretched out, and reached her hands out towards the fire for a bit of warmth.’
      • ‘He nodded and reached his hand out as I sat down between his outstretched legs and leaned back against his chest.’
      • ‘Will, who walked in front of her, reaching his hand out, suddenly blocked her view.’
      • ‘I reach my arm out, place my fingers on the engine-off switch, and hesitate.’
      reach out, hold out, put out, extend, outstretch, thrust out, stick out
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    3. 1.3reach something down[with object] Stretch upwards to pick something up and bring it to a lower level:
      ‘she reached down a plate from the cupboard’
      • ‘Nathan opened her door for her and reached his hand down to help her from the car.’
      • ‘He smiled, reached his hand down to her, and brought her gently to her feet, so that they stood toe to toe.’
      • ‘He did not say anything for a while and then he stood up and reached his hand down to me.’
      • ‘‘Come on,’ Jenny said, reaching her hand down to help him up.’
      • ‘‘Yeah,’ was all that Jason said as he reached his hand down to helped her up.’
      • ‘Her heard her sigh softly, reaching a hand down to touch his hands.’
      • ‘Maria kneeled at the top, reaching her hand down to help pull her father up, who had now fainted.’
      • ‘Rick got up first, reaching his hand down to help Tristyn up as well.’
      • ‘David pushed up his sleeve, reached his hand down into the greasy water and opened the drain.’
      • ‘Seth reached his hand down to me and I stood on my tiptoes and grabbed his one hand with both of mine.’
      • ‘I got up and brushed myself off, reaching a hand down to whoever had fallen.’
      • ‘They both reached their hands down to help me out; I grabbed both and pulled them in head first.’
      • ‘Lily didn't know why she felt nervous, but as she reached her hand down to grasp the car door handle of her old yellow car, her fingers felt shaky.’
      • ‘She giggled some more as she reached her hand down to help him up.’
      • ‘He smiled slightly and reached his hand down to help me up.’
      • ‘She reaches her hand down to scratch her ankle, then straightens up again.’
      • ‘Alaina reached her hands down to her legs and unbuckled the clasps on her boots, letting them fall to the floor.’
      • ‘He stood up, then reached his hand down to help me up.’
      • ‘He reached a hand down to assist her up, and she took it willingly.’
      • ‘I reached my hand down in between the tub and the wall and pulled out a small bottle of rosemary.’
    4. 1.4[with two objects] Hand (something) to (someone):
      ‘reach me those glasses’
      pass, hand, give, let someone have
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    5. 1.5[no object] Be able to touch something with an outstretched arm or leg:
      ‘I had to stand on tiptoe and even then I could hardly reach’
      • ‘Just as she got to the annoying one in the middle that she could hardly reach, another pair of hands buttoned it for her.’
      • ‘But, being taller, he is nevertheless able to reach.’
      • ‘It is quite likely that you will not be able to reach, so hold on to a belt or towel instead.’
      • ‘To protect this greatest of treasures, it was placed where no ordinary human being would ever be able to reach.’
  • 2[with object] Arrive at; get as far as:

    ‘‘Goodbye,’ she said as they reached the door’
    ‘the show is due to reach our screens early next year’
    • ‘When finally reaching the front door of Jason's house she spoke.’
    • ‘He was eventually told that we had arrived at Tripoli but we still could not reach Accra until the next day at the earliest.’
    • ‘She reached the yellow front door and turned to look at the view from there.’
    • ‘The two shipments known to have reached Scotland arrived by cargo vessel.’
    • ‘She followed the hallway, till she reached the familiar wooden door of his study.’
    • ‘He remembered the way to her ward well enough, he ran past all the closed doors until he reached hers.’
    • ‘Upon reaching the bright blue door she opened it and went into a small central room, walking right up to the desk and meeting the secretary's eyes.’
    • ‘I continued down the hall until I reached the first open door and cautiously peered inside.’
    • ‘They will then head for South Korea the same day and are expected to reach Seoul early Thursday.’
    • ‘The Portugese were the first Europeans to reach the Cape of Good Hope, arriving in 1488.’
    • ‘He reached another locked door and he knew that beyond it lay the set of rooms that he had been searching for.’
    • ‘They passed down a long leaky corridor before reaching a heavily locked door at the other end.’
    • ‘He walked down the hall after her; she reached her door as he reached his.’
    • ‘Jane jumped up from her chair and tried to keep Kathleen from reaching Mr. Collins' door, but it was no use.’
    • ‘It didn't take them long to reach the huge double doors at the end of the hallway.’
    • ‘He and two others then made the first crossing of that island, eventually reaching the Stromness whaling-station in the early afternoon of May 20, 1916.’
    • ‘Once they reached the door Kara stopped as Robin opened it and started to go outside.’
    • ‘I flew out to Rome in the early hours of Tuesday 5 April, reaching the Vatican by about 2pm to join the masses of people queuing to pay their respects.’
    • ‘It was hard to say exactly when snow would reach York tomorrow, but it was expected to arrive by late morning or early afternoon.’
    • ‘The early European navigators arriving in South America, believed they had reached the Earthly Paradise.’
    arrive at, get to, get as far as, come to, make it to, gain
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    1. 2.1West Indian [no object] Arrive:
      ‘just round that corner, by them mango trees, and we reach’
      • ‘We had to leave eventually though because we didn't want the lady to reach there and have her waiting.’
      • ‘Who would have thought that we would reach there so quickly?’
      • ‘I am here to make sure that she reaches back to the house safely.’
      • ‘Since I am on the planning committee it means I have to reach before it starts.’
      • ‘Sorry, I was in such a rush to reach I forgot the digi cam.’
      arrive, get here, get there, reach one's destination, make it, appear, put in an appearance, make an appearance, come on the scene, come up, approach, enter, present oneself, turn up, be along, come along, materialize
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  • 3[with object] Attain or extend to (a specified point, level, or condition):

    ‘unemployment reached a peak in 1933’
    [no object] ‘denim shorts that reach to his knees’
    • ‘It proved to be extremely difficult to reach the levels of the previous agreement.’
    • ‘In some instances the commission reached a hundred thousand dollars.’
    • ‘Water levels reached the critical point in the early hours, breaching flood defences.’
    • ‘Unemployment reached the highest levels since the 1930s.’
    • ‘Crime in the area has fallen dramatically as the number of police officers reaches record levels, new figures show today.’
    • ‘When he reached his early 40s, driving a car became difficult and dangerous.’
    • ‘Depending on how tobacco is taken, nicotine can reach peak levels in the bloodstream and brain rapidly.’
    • ‘Unemployment and poverty have reached catastrophic levels, especially in the east of the country.’
    • ‘In industrial areas and major cities, unemployment reached enormous levels.’
    • ‘After a certain time and a certain growth-rate peak, you reach a point of diminishing returns.’
    attain, get to, amount to
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    1. 3.1 Succeed in achieving:
      ‘the conference reached agreement on the draft treaty’
      • ‘The government tried to get the mine owners and mineworkers to hold a conference, but no agreement could be reached.’
      • ‘The company is in discussions with British-based investors and expects an agreement to be reached in the next few weeks.’
      • ‘Well done girls, it was a great achievement to reach a County Final.’
      • ‘A compromise measure will probably be reached at a joint conference in the fall.’
      • ‘But a spokesman for the Mayor's office explained no decision had yet been reached although one was due next month.’
      • ‘The land was outside the developer's control, but he was encouraged to believe an agreement might be reached with the landowner.’
      • ‘A satisfactory agreement had been reached as a result of his intervention.’
      • ‘It's how he has been able to reach and maintain the highest standards in his products over the last 25 years.’
      • ‘Mr Anderson says he's hopeful an agreement can be reached at the next meeting on June 25.’
      • ‘They succeeded in reaching an agreement on January 25.’
      • ‘It is hoped an agreement will be reached that is satisfactory to most people but there will complaints and criticism.’
      • ‘An agreement has to be reached by the end of February in order to meet government deadlines.’
      • ‘Apparently, the two parties could not reach a mutually satisfying agreement on a new deal.’
      • ‘He went on to summarise the areas on which agreement had been reached at the public meeting of August 17.’
      • ‘Agreement has also been reached between the two parties on the building of new roads leading to the stadium and the Trafford Centre.’
      • ‘It reflects even more on their achievement of reaching the final that they have done so without two of their most influential players.’
      • ‘The album doesn't reach its true potential due to a lack of cohesion and stability.’
      • ‘He added that agreement had been reached on the design of the junction.’
      • ‘The estate agent is reasonably confident that some agreement can be reached, although how long it'll take I don't know.’
      • ‘However, it took a whole day for agreement to be reached on this issue alone and some negotiators now fear that time is running out.’
      achieve, attain, gain, accomplish
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    2. 3.2 Succeed in influencing or having an effect on:
      ‘he seeks opportunities to reach viewers without journalistic interference’
      • ‘They hope that their message of tolerance will reach those who lack awareness in such matters.’
      • ‘Our longer term aim is for our message to reach each and every person in this country.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, I doubt this message will reach those who are the real source of the problem.’
      • ‘First, movies serve as our most influential history teachers, reaching and swaying audiences that the professional historian cannot even dream of.’
      • ‘An inciter is one who reaches and seeks to influence the mind of another by suggestion, request, proposal, argument, persuasion or inducement.’
      • ‘The Nelson Mandela Foundation and I are convinced that his message will reach those most at risk of HIV.’
      • ‘I only think it could have done a better job reaching those who are not already sold on the message.’
      • ‘I also never got the impression that any of this is about him in any other sense than him looking to reach those who need to see this message.’
      • ‘It's vital that our marketing has effective strategies for reaching all of these audiences.’
      influence, sway, carry weight with, get through to, get to, make an impression on, have an effect on, have an impact on, register with
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    3. 3.3reach outNorth American [no object] Seek to establish communication with someone, with the aim of offering or obtaining assistance or cooperation:
      ‘his style was to reach out all the time, especially to members of his own party’
      ‘anyone in need of assistance should reach out to the authorities as soon as possible’
      • ‘Canada is not alone in reaching out to foreign entrepreneurs.’
      • ‘Both are very skilful indeed at reaching out to other people who resent cleverness and learning.’
      • ‘J.J. confirmed that he is considering the 38-year-old star for the role after he reached out to him via email.’
      • ‘So tread lightly and confront the issue of what's going on in her family only if she reaches out to you for help.’
      • ‘I mean, this is an honest man, a man of religion, a man who reaches out to people.’
      • ‘It's a tool for reaching out to like-minded people across the world and bonding with them.’
      • ‘Diller said the networks had not reached out to him.’
      • ‘In other words, we would be reaching out to those who don't need reaching out to.’
      • ‘Have you reached out to him since he's been back?’
      • ‘Now police and firefighters are working together to try to stop the problem by reaching out to young people in the area.’
      • ‘I was further touched by the Office of the Prime Minister reaching out to the homeless hero.’
      • ‘It was a touching human gesture, a leader reaching out to those who are weakest.’
      • ‘Now he is reaching out to those who want help starting a business.’
      • ‘By not reaching out to the victim's families initially in her work she was accused of being a coward.’
      • ‘They're getting a lot of people who want to volunteer to help and who are reaching out.’
      • ‘The pair reached out to artists who had been part of Judd's world.’
      • ‘It's also a parish that is very keen on reaching out to other people.’
      • ‘He said he will win the next election not through the media, but by reaching out to people locally.’
      • ‘His success with voters has been attributed to his gift for reaching out and touching ordinary people.’
      • ‘The focus changed after he reached out to Russell's longtime partner, who still lived in the East Village.’
  • 4[with object] Make contact with (someone) by telephone or other means:

    ‘I've been trying to reach you all morning’
    • ‘He says he tried to reach someone on the phone for elaboration, but had no luck.’
    • ‘That was the last time I ever talked to him, and the last time we could ever reach him by phone or any other way.’
    • ‘So when I finally arrived to Terminal 1 my mom was already on the phone trying to reach me on my cell.’
    • ‘It took about half an hour to reach Catherine on the phone - with all the people down there the networks must have been overloaded.’
    • ‘If you wish to reach someone in particular, here's a list of people involved with the production of the newspaper and this site.’
    • ‘He was running in and out of the building, tending to the injured, when his father Kenneth reached him on his cell phone.’
    • ‘I have only been in contact with him by e-mail and my attempts to reach him by telephone have failed.’
    • ‘Endeavour to give me your private telephone and fax numbers so that I can reach you anytime.’
    • ‘After a sleepless night, I managed to reach her in the morning and she confirmed that I was about to be sacked.’
    • ‘Meanwhile all electricity is off there, and I can't reach anyone via phone.’
    • ‘Dean has been able to reach more people at a faster rate and at a lower cost than the traditional direct mail approach.’
    • ‘It's actually a good thing because it means people cannot reach me in the evenings when all they have is a mobile phone number.’
    • ‘If you need to contact me, you'll be able to reach me on my cell phone.’
    • ‘I want to be like that bloke who doesn't have a phone, and if you want to reach him, you have to fax his mother.’
    • ‘He explains that the phone is new and mainly for his family to reach him.’
    • ‘Attempts were made to reach her by telephone, so she changed her number.’
    • ‘He has no colleagues, only a contact, who reaches him through newspaper advertisements to pass on details of the next assignment.’
    • ‘Either way, it's irrelevant, because there's a digital phone that they can reach me on too.’
    • ‘I'm betting someone who reads this site knows how to reach her and can send me the contact information to pass on.’
    • ‘I tried to reach him by phone, and usually his trading department picks up the phone on the first or second ring.’
    get in touch with, contact, get through to, get, communicate with, make contact with
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    1. 4.1 (of a broadcast or other communication) be received by:
      ‘television reached those parts of the electorate that other news sources could not’
      • ‘In previous times, radio was very local, but broadcasts now reach a national, even international audience.’
      • ‘Findings aired on all major television news stations, reaching an estimated total audience of 8,636,000.’
      • ‘His show reaches some 20 million viewers a week, and his books are megasellers.’
      • ‘He was stirred by Charles de Gaulle's broadcasts on behalf of the French resistance, which were reaching Martinique from neighbouring islands.’
      • ‘One side effect of the heightened interest in health issues is that medical studies in specialist publications now reach a wider public.’
      • ‘This additional communication will ensure that the show reaches the widest possible audience.’
      • ‘An increasing proportion of commentators hardly ever write at all but occupy regular slots on radio or television, often reaching a much wider audience than any author could hope to.’
  • 5Sailing
    [no object] Sail with the wind blowing from the side of the ship:

    ‘‘Brighteyes’ was followed round the Goldstone by ‘Patriot’, while ‘Patriot’ white-sail reached’

noun

  • 1An act of reaching out with one's arm:

    ‘she made a reach for him’
    • ‘The containers should be placed out of the reach of children and should not be overfilled.’
    • ‘You can also request that all the outlets and switches be installed at a height above the reach of the average toddler.’
    • ‘She will play happily so long as the dolly is within her reach should she desire it.’
    • ‘He tried pushing her away but she jumped out of his reach.’
    • ‘I nearly slapped him, but he danced out of my reach before turning back.’
    • ‘The figure kept, exasperatingly, just out of their reach, always a pace ahead of them.’
    • ‘That shocked me into action, and without thinking, I jumped away from his reach.’
    • ‘At last it was me who ended the kiss, stepped backward, out of her reach.’
    1. 1.1[in singular] The distance to which someone, especially a boxer, can stretch out their hand:
      ‘a giant, over six feet seven with a reach of over 81 inches’
      • ‘Smith, who has the reach and height to be a solid left tackle, must improve his strength.’
      • ‘The shorter boxer seemed to start having difficulty with the height and reach advantage.’
      • ‘He can be unpredictable, able to move swiftly round the ring and be elusive, but has the height and reach to stand and trade blows.’
      • ‘Here is a boxer who has a good reach and tactfully uses it.’
      • ‘His height and reach provided him the kind of leverage that resulted in his awesome punching power.’
      • ‘His height and reach - skills that make him such a good full back - would serve him well in the game of tennis.’
      grasp, range
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  • 2The extent or range of something's application, effect, or influence:

    ‘he told a story to illustrate the reach of his fame’
    • ‘There's some useful and insightful material in this volume, but there are unfortunate limits to its reach.’
    • ‘Yes, the drama is ultimately about us, but its reach and scope is so huge, so universal, it dwarfs us into silence.’
    • ‘If you fancy touring further afield, both the Cotswolds and the West Country are within easy reach.’
    • ‘But the national broadcaster may well have an edge because of its reach across the country.’
    • ‘The family creates a social sphere beyond the reach of either politics or economics.’
    • ‘The frontline drugs are expensive and beyond the reach of the public health system of most countries.’
    • ‘The desirability of living in the countryside has pushed rural house prices way beyond the reach of many agricultural workers, he says.’
    • ‘He was a teacher and lecturer of great skill and clarity whose range was beyond the reach of most of his younger colleagues in the faculty.’
    • ‘He takes pains to limit the range and reach of his case against censorship.’
    • ‘It is law which is secular in origin, yet greatly limited, in its formal version, in its reach and effect.’
    • ‘She sighed as she looked at the price tag that put the dress well beyond her reach, and turned to walk away dejectedly.’
    • ‘The entertainment industry, meanwhile, continues to overestimate its reach and influence.’
    • ‘To be sure, there are subtle factors that influence decisions that lie beyond the reach of any Web site.’
    • ‘Its reach or scope may be spatial or temporal, in that it reaches beyond a single event or a single site of practice.’
    • ‘It's just countryside within easy reach of the city centre.’
    • ‘The Internet eliminates this and allows us to broaden the reach, scope, and frequency of our magazines.’
    • ‘This place was getting under her skin, crawling on the underside of it, out of her reach and control.’
    • ‘What attracts customers to the aggregators is the size of their reach.’
    capabilities, capacity
    jurisdiction, authority, sway, control, command, influence
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    1. 2.1 The number of people who watch or listen to a particular broadcast or channel during a specified period:
      ‘the programme's daily reach is 400,000’
      • ‘No other media company has this channel's reach.’
      • ‘The figures show the station enjoys a weekly reach of 152,000 listeners, up from 146,000 recorded a year ago.’
      • ‘Cable and satellite channels have a combined reach of 18 million.’
      • ‘For example, these programmes in Nigeria and Kenya have a weekly reach of 30 per cent.’
      • ‘With over 50% of homes now able to watch the channels both share and reach are growing.’
      • ‘The Radio station has attracted nearly two million new listeners over the last year bringing its reach to an all time high of 32.9 million.’
      • ‘Cable is better in reaching viewers who vote, but broadcast TV has the greatest reach.’
      • ‘In August that show recorded a listenership reach of more than 150,000.’
      • ‘The tournament's matches are broadcast on satellite, providing it with a huge reach.’
  • 3often reachesA continuous extent of water, especially a stretch of river between two bends, or the part of a canal between locks:

    ‘the upper reaches of the Nile’
    • ‘Some press statements have given the location of the fish as coming from the upper reaches of the river Ribble.’
    • ‘The first two weeks of 1766 they were on the upper reaches of the river, pressing south as far as the northwest corner of the present Brevard County.’
    • ‘Some creeks or river reaches are fed by springs or groundwater seeps.’
    • ‘More than 1,000 families along the middle reaches of the river were affected by rising water.’
    • ‘The ‘wild’ fish stocks now originate almost entirely from man-made fish nurseries in the upper reaches of the rivers.’
    • ‘The upper reaches of these lower tributaries are undammed and of moderate flow, with gravel/cobble substrate and only occasional sand bars.’
    • ‘The immediate cause of the flooding is put down to heavy rainfalls earlier in the year in the upper reaches of the Mekong River system.’
    • ‘It is designed to divert water from the upper reaches of the river to the northeast coast.’
    • ‘Most of my winter chub fishing experience over the past fifty or more years has been gained mainly on small rivers or the upper reaches of the bigger rivers.’
    • ‘At Tim's house, a remote fishing lodge on the upper reaches of the river, the coracles were carried down to the water's edge.’
    • ‘One goal was to return fish to traditional spawning grounds in the upper reaches of the Clearwater tributaries, strengthening natural fish runs.’
    • ‘The dam is in Hubei province, to the east of Sichuan and Chongqing, and water flow has surged over warning levels after the upper reaches of the Yangtze River started flooding.’
    • ‘If the river bed through York was dredged to a depth of a further 10 ft, as fast as any substrate is taken out the hole will fill with water which is continually flowing in from the upper reaches.’
    • ‘In the upper reaches of the Amazonian rain forest are strange areas, sometimes the size of a football field, in which grows only one kind of small tree.’
    • ‘On a soft grey day I thought it would be nice to trace the upper reaches of the River Derwent deep into the great forests west of Scarborough.’
    • ‘There's a sign on Weston Road stating the town was established in 1796, although then it was not much more than a few buildings around the mill on the upper reaches of the Humber River.’
    • ‘The walk passes through beautiful beech forest and follows the upper reaches of the Makarora River.’
    • ‘The primary example of this habitat occurs along the upper reaches of Accokeek Creek and its maze of tributaries.’
    • ‘Although it counts as a sea fish, the lamprey goes up rivers to spawn and is indeed most often met in estuaries or the lower reaches of rivers.’
    • ‘He said that on the one hand, increased plantation along the upper reaches of rivers contributed to better protection of the environment.’
  • 4Sailing
    A distance traversed in reaching:

    ‘he could sail a clear reach for Key Canaka’

Phrases

  • out of (or beyond) reach

    • 1Outside the distance to which someone can stretch out their hand.

      • ‘Adrienne snapped as she reached for the remote back but Leigh held it out of reach.’
      • ‘And if you must have a gun in the house, keep it in a locked place, out of reach and unloaded.’
      1. 1.1Beyond the capacity of someone to attain something:
        ‘she thought university was out of her reach’
        • ‘Many families want their children to attend university, but such an option is beyond reach for the majority of the population, particularly those in rural or highland areas.’
        • ‘He says homes are now out of reach for most first and second home buyers.’
        • ‘Despite negotiations to lower the price of imported medications, they remain out of reach to all but the very richest.’
        • ‘The means of production are ours, as are the means of distribution - but the means of remuneration remain out of reach.’
        • ‘They're a talented group of musicians with an obvious passion for their music and a goal in mind that is not too far out of reach.’
        • ‘I learned I'm not alone, and that with support and determination, success is not out of reach.’
        • ‘The team, however, put the game out of reach with about 10 minutes left to play.’
        • ‘That allows a potential buyer to stretch to afford a place that otherwise would be out of reach.’
        • ‘Leeds put the game out of reach with just over 20 minutes remaining.’
        • ‘An Evening Press survey this spring found that traditional starter homes were now out of reach for someone on an average York salary.’
  • within (or in) reach

    • 1Inside the distance to which someone can stretch out their hand.

      • ‘I pulled my chair even closer to the desk so I was in reach of the pen and paper along with the notes.’
      • ‘I tried to stand back up, but only managed to move just within reach of the latch.’
      • ‘She sat at her old desk, and we arranged things within reach and tried to keep the most frequently used items close to the seating position.’
      • ‘After one particularly long submersion, Blair spotted a log stretched out across the river just within reach of his outstretched hands.’
      1. 1.1Inside a distance that can be travelled:
        ‘a 1930s semi within easy reach of the town centre’
        • ‘However, most simply prefer the calm atmosphere which now pervades the town and its convenient location within reach of some of the Lake District's more peaceful and harder-to-reach lakes and mountains.’
      2. 1.2Within the capacity of someone to attain something:
        ‘the arrangement is well within the reach of the average dancer’
        • ‘But accelerated progress is possible, and lies within reach.’
        • ‘Improvement is always within reach and always attainable.’
        • ‘For some uncanny reason, the moments at which you stumble are those when you are within reach of attaining some long-sought goal.’
        • ‘With no damage to his mind or his hands, he knew practicing pediatric medicine was still within reach.’
        • ‘I'm a writer because I find literature exhilarating, and because the possibility of writing something beautiful seems almost within reach.’
        • ‘A club that has always boasted potential is now a club who are within reach of their first Senior Championship crown in 29 years.’
        • ‘They saw school achievement as within reach if they put forth the necessary effort, and they were willing to make good grades a primary goal.’
        • ‘The £18 million public-private partnership will provide 250 low-cost homes to rent, bringing properties within reach of tenants on low incomes.’
        • ‘The affordability, and quality of digital video and sophisticated postproduction systems put these possibilities well within reach.’
        • ‘Performance is manageable and success is within reach.’
        achievable, obtainable, accessible, within reach, at hand, reachable, winnable, securable, realizable
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Origin

Old English rǣcan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch reiken and German reichen.

Pronunciation:

reach

/riːtʃ/