Definition of reach in English:



  • 1[no object] 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’
    • ‘The girl stretched before reaching forward and placing the silver colored portable phone on the coffee table next to the mail.’
    • ‘I yelled, reaching up and grasping the sleeve of her shirt.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘I felt two hands cover my eyes, and I gasped in surprise, reaching up to grasp them.’
    • ‘It'll be good for me, stretching and reaching in the fresh air, too.’
    • ‘He reached over and touched her hand, grasping it lightly and not saying a word.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She reached over, grasped his forearm, and gave it a light reassuring squeeze.’
    • ‘We're quiet and then Matt reaches forward, grasping my hands in his.’
    • ‘He smiled sadly and I reached forward and grasped his hand, squeezing it slightly.’
    • ‘There is a strange gleam in the older boy's eyes as he reaches down to grasp the hem of his shirt.’
    • ‘He laid helplessly on the ground, reaching in Taylor's direction.’
    • ‘Standing up and stretching, I reached into the air, my back curving and my toes curling.’
    • ‘He wasn't here yet, so I dropped my shoes to the ground, reaching around to stretch my back and lower legs.’
    • ‘She actually surprised herself when she reached up to grasp his hand without a second thought.’
    • ‘He reached up and grasped the wooden frame, and lifted it off of its wall hook.’
    • ‘He yawned, stretching his arms and reaching down to his pocket when he felt his phone vibrating.’
    • ‘He then reaches inside his desk and grabs a blue pen and his black checkbook.’
    • ‘The arm of the dancer to her left literally stretches as it reaches toward the leader's hand, where momentum has broken the circle.’
    stretch out, hold out, extend, outstretch, thrust out, stick out
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    1. 1.1Make a movement with one's hand or arm in an attempt to touch or grasp (something)
      ‘Carl reached for the phone’
      • ‘I launch myself at him, springing forward, and my arms reaching for him.’
      • ‘I glared at her and then reached for my phone to call my brother when a car pulled up beside us.’
      • ‘Something grabs his attention in the kitchen, and he reaches for the phone, then thinks better of it.’
      • ‘Astor reached for his phone and moved it on to the bed, where he could see the speed-dial buttons.’
      • ‘Within seconds the first track had him reaching for the phone again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But as she reached for her bag, he snatched it from the passenger seat and ran off.’
      • ‘I gave a half hearted attempt at an amused sneer and shook my head, reaching for my book again.’
      • ‘He reached for Mel's hand, and as their fingers touched he felt like he'd been plugged into the mains.’
      • ‘She touched his shoulder just as he was reaching for the knob and he turned back to her.’
      • ‘Lucas reached for my hand, catching me completely off guard, and laced his fingers with mine.’
      • ‘David mumbles as an idea comes into his head and he reaches for the cordless phone, which is resting, by his side.’
      • ‘Scarlett, attempting to stop crying, took a deep breath and reached for the cell phone again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At those times my hand would reach for the phone to cancel the appointment.’
      • ‘Everyone watching was shocked and people started reaching for mobile phones and cameras.’
      • ‘He reached for his cellular phone and scrolled through the many numbers he had stored in it.’
      • ‘He reached for the phone, his fingers trembling as he called for an ambulance.’
      reach for, snatch at, make a grab for, catch at, claw at
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    2. 1.2[with object]Stretch out one's hand or arm.
      ‘he reached out a hand and touched her forehead’
      • ‘Unwittingly she slumped in the chair, her legs stretched out, and reached her hands out towards the fire for a bit of warmth.’
      • ‘And she smiled, reaching her arms out to me in love.’
      • ‘Christopher took a step forward, reaching his hand out for her before he could catch himself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I reach my arm out, place my fingers on the engine-off switch, and hesitate.’
      • ‘And he reaches his hands out and just touches a baby's face.’
      • ‘Will, who walked in front of her, reaching his hand out, suddenly blocked her view.’
      • ‘‘Sorry I'm so late,’ she apologized, balancing her books in her hands, reaching her note out for Mr. Burrows to grab.’
      • ‘‘My name's Trevor,’ he said, reaching his hand out for a shake.’
      • ‘When the song is over I reach my hand out and say, ‘Nice set, James,’ touching him on the shoulder.’
      • ‘He moved closer, reaching his hand out to move the branches aside to see if anyone was hiding in the bush.’
      • ‘He reached his hand out to me and stretched his arm around my waist, pulling me closer to him.’
      • ‘I walked towards the tiger, reaching my hand out to touch it.’
      • ‘Unconsciously, she slowly began to lean forward, reaching her hand out towards his face.’
      • ‘He sighed, closing his eyes and reaching his arms out in front of him.’
      • ‘He nodded and reached his hand out as I sat down between his outstretched legs and leaned back against his chest.’
      • ‘‘Watch your step,’ Shayla said, reaching her hand out to catch him.’
      • ‘The president smiled, reaching his hand out for the phone.’
      • ‘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.’
      reach out, hold out, put out, extend, outstretch, thrust out, stick out
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    3. 1.3[with two objects]Hand (something) to (someone)
      ‘reach me those glasses’
      pass, hand, give, let someone have
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    4. 1.4Be able to touch something with an outstretched arm or leg.
      ‘I had to stand on tiptoe and even then I could hardly reach’
      • ‘To protect this greatest of treasures, it was placed where no ordinary human being would ever be able to reach.’
      • ‘It is quite likely that you will not be able to reach, so hold on to a belt or towel instead.’
      • ‘But, being taller, he is nevertheless able to 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.’
  • 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’
    • ‘He was eventually told that we had arrived at Tripoli but we still could not reach Accra until the next day at the earliest.’
    • ‘They will then head for South Korea the same day and are expected to reach Seoul early Thursday.’
    • ‘She followed the hallway, till she reached the familiar wooden door of his study.’
    • ‘He reached another locked door and he knew that beyond it lay the set of rooms that he had been searching for.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Portugese were the first Europeans to reach the Cape of Good Hope, arriving in 1488.’
    • ‘The early European navigators arriving in South America, believed they had reached the Earthly Paradise.’
    • ‘She reached the yellow front door and turned to look at the view from there.’
    • ‘Once they reached the door Kara stopped as Robin opened it and started to go outside.’
    • ‘It didn't take them long to reach the huge double doors at the end of the hallway.’
    • ‘They passed down a long leaky corridor before reaching a heavily locked door at the other end.’
    • ‘Jane jumped up from her chair and tried to keep Kathleen from reaching Mr. Collins' door, but it was no use.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He walked down the hall after her; she reached her door as he reached his.’
    • ‘When finally reaching the front door of Jason's house she spoke.’
    • ‘I continued down the hall until I reached the first open door and cautiously peered inside.’
    • ‘The two shipments known to have reached Scotland arrived by cargo vessel.’
    • ‘He remembered the way to her ward well enough, he ran past all the closed doors until he reached hers.’
    • ‘It was hard to say exactly when snow would reach York tomorrow, but it was expected to arrive by late morning or early afternoon.’
    arrive at, get to, get as far as, come to, make it to, gain
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    1. 2.1Attain or extend to (a specified point, level, or condition)
      ‘unemployment reached a peak in 1933’
      [no object] ‘in its native habitat it will reach to about 6 m in height’
      • ‘In some instances the commission reached a hundred thousand dollars.’
      • ‘It proved to be extremely difficult to reach the levels of the previous agreement.’
      • ‘After a certain time and a certain growth-rate peak, you reach a point of diminishing returns.’
      • ‘Depending on how tobacco is taken, nicotine can reach peak levels in the bloodstream and brain rapidly.’
      • ‘When he reached his early 40s, driving a car became difficult and dangerous.’
      • ‘Unemployment and poverty have reached catastrophic levels, especially in the east of the country.’
      • ‘Water levels reached the critical point in the early hours, breaching flood defences.’
      • ‘Crime in the area has fallen dramatically as the number of police officers reaches record levels, new figures show today.’
      • ‘Unemployment reached the highest levels since the 1930s.’
      • ‘In industrial areas and major cities, unemployment reached enormous levels.’
      attain, get to, amount to
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    2. 2.2Succeed in achieving.
      ‘the intergovernmental 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 land was outside the developer's control, but he was encouraged to believe an agreement might be reached with the landowner.’
      • ‘The estate agent is reasonably confident that some agreement can be reached, although how long it'll take I don't know.’
      • ‘Mr Anderson says he's hopeful an agreement can be reached at the next meeting on June 25.’
      • ‘It reflects even more on their achievement of reaching the final that they have done so without two of their most influential players.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He went on to summarise the areas on which agreement had been reached at the public meeting of August 17.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He added that agreement had been reached on the design of the junction.’
      • ‘They succeeded in reaching an agreement on January 25.’
      • ‘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 album doesn't reach its true potential due to a lack of cohesion and stability.’
      • ‘An agreement has to be reached by the end of February in order to meet government deadlines.’
      • ‘Well done girls, it was a great achievement to reach a County Final.’
      • ‘The company is in discussions with British-based investors and expects an agreement to be reached in the next few weeks.’
      • ‘It is hoped an agreement will be reached that is satisfactory to most people but there will complaints and criticism.’
      • ‘Agreement has also been reached between the two parties on the building of new roads leading to the stadium and the Trafford Centre.’
      • ‘Apparently, the two parties could not reach a mutually satisfying agreement on a new deal.’
      achieve, attain, gain, accomplish
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    3. 2.3Make contact or communicate with (someone) by telephone or other means.
      ‘I've been trying to reach you all morning’
      • ‘He explains that the phone is new and mainly for his family to reach him.’
      • ‘He has no colleagues, only a contact, who reaches him through newspaper advertisements to pass on details of the next assignment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Endeavour to give me your private telephone and fax numbers so that I can reach you anytime.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Meanwhile all electricity is off there, and I can't reach anyone via phone.’
      • ‘If you need to contact me, you'll be able to reach me on my cell phone.’
      • ‘I have only been in contact with him by e-mail and my attempts to reach him by telephone have failed.’
      • ‘Dean has been able to reach more people at a faster rate and at a lower cost than the traditional direct mail approach.’
      • ‘I tried to reach him by phone, and usually his trading department picks up the phone on the first or second ring.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was running in and out of the building, tending to the injured, when his father Kenneth reached him on his cell phone.’
      • ‘After a sleepless night, I managed to reach her in the morning and she confirmed that I was about to be sacked.’
      • ‘Attempts were made to reach her by telephone, so she changed her number.’
      • ‘Either way, it's irrelevant, because there's a digital phone that they can reach me on too.’
      • ‘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 says he tried to reach someone on the phone for elaboration, but had no luck.’
      • ‘I'm betting someone who reads this site knows how to reach her and can send me the contact information to pass on.’
      • ‘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.’
      get in touch with, contact, get through to, get, communicate with, make contact with
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    4. 2.4(of a broadcast or other communication) be received by.
      ‘television reached those parts of the electorate that other news sources could not’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This additional communication will ensure that the show reaches the widest possible audience.’
      • ‘His show reaches some 20 million viewers a week, and his books are megasellers.’
      • ‘In previous times, radio was very local, but broadcasts now reach a national, even international audience.’
      • ‘One side effect of the heightened interest in health issues is that medical studies in specialist publications now reach a wider public.’
      • ‘He was stirred by Charles de Gaulle's broadcasts on behalf of the French resistance, which were reaching Martinique from neighbouring islands.’
      • ‘Findings aired on all major television news stations, reaching an estimated total audience of 8,636,000.’
    5. 2.5Succeed in influencing or having an effect on.
      ‘their fresh sound and message reach people who may never set foot in a church’
      • ‘An inciter is one who reaches and seeks to influence the mind of another by suggestion, request, proposal, argument, persuasion or inducement.’
      • ‘It's vital that our marketing has effective strategies for reaching all of these audiences.’
      • ‘The Nelson Mandela Foundation and I are convinced that his message will reach those most at risk of HIV.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our longer term aim is for our message to reach each and every person in this country.’
      • ‘I only think it could have done a better job reaching those who are not already sold on the message.’
      • ‘They hope that their message of tolerance will reach those who lack awareness in such matters.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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    6. 2.6North 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’
      • ‘His success with voters has been attributed to his gift for reaching out and touching ordinary people.’
      • ‘Canada is not alone in reaching out to foreign entrepreneurs.’
      • ‘Now he is reaching out to those who want help starting a business.’
      • ‘They're getting a lot of people who want to volunteer to help and who are reaching out.’
      • ‘It's a tool for reaching out to like-minded people across the world and bonding with them.’
      • ‘The focus changed after he reached out to Russell's longtime partner, who still lived in the East Village.’
      • ‘By not reaching out to the victim's families initially in her work she was accused of being a coward.’
      • ‘It was a touching human gesture, a leader reaching out to those who are weakest.’
      • ‘I was further touched by the Office of the Prime Minister reaching out to the homeless hero.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘So tread lightly and confront the issue of what's going on in her family only if she reaches out to you for help.’
      • ‘It's also a parish that is very keen on reaching out to other people.’
      • ‘Both are very skilful indeed at reaching out to other people who resent cleverness and learning.’
      • ‘The pair reached out to artists who had been part of Judd's world.’
      • ‘Now police and firefighters are working together to try to stop the problem by reaching out to young people in the area.’
      • ‘J.J. confirmed that he is considering the 38-year-old star for the role after he reached out to him via email.’
      • ‘He said he will win the next election not through the media, but by reaching out to people locally.’
      • ‘I mean, this is an honest man, a man of religion, a man who reaches out to people.’
  • 3Sailing
    [no object] Sail with the wind blowing from the side, or from slightly behind the side, of the ship.


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

    ‘she made a reach for him’
    • ‘That shocked me into action, and without thinking, I jumped away from his reach.’
    • ‘He tried pushing her away but she jumped out of his reach.’
    • ‘The containers should be placed out of the reach of children and should not be overfilled.’
    • ‘The figure kept, exasperatingly, just out of their reach, always a pace ahead of them.’
    • ‘At last it was me who ended the kiss, stepped backward, out of her reach.’
    • ‘You can also request that all the outlets and switches be installed at a height above the reach of the average toddler.’
    • ‘I nearly slapped him, but he danced out of my reach before turning back.’
    • ‘She will play happily so long as the dolly is within her reach should she desire it.’
    1. 1.1[in singular]The distance to which someone can stretch out their hand (used especially of a boxer)
      ‘a giant, over six feet seven with a reach of over 81 inches’
      • ‘The shorter boxer seemed to start having difficulty with the height and reach advantage.’
      • ‘His height and reach provided him the kind of leverage that resulted in his awesome punching power.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Smith, who has the reach and height to be a solid left tackle, must improve his strength.’
      • ‘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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    2. 1.2The extent or range of application, effect, or influence.
      ‘the diameter and the reach of the spark plug varies from engine to engine’
      • ‘If you fancy touring further afield, both the Cotswolds and the West Country are within easy reach.’
      • ‘Its reach or scope may be spatial or temporal, in that it reaches beyond a single event or a single site of practice.’
      • ‘The entertainment industry, meanwhile, continues to overestimate its reach and influence.’
      • ‘Yes, the drama is ultimately about us, but its reach and scope is so huge, so universal, it dwarfs us into silence.’
      • ‘There's some useful and insightful material in this volume, but there are unfortunate limits to its reach.’
      • ‘This place was getting under her skin, crawling on the underside of it, out of her reach and control.’
      • ‘It is law which is secular in origin, yet greatly limited, in its formal version, in its reach and effect.’
      • ‘To be sure, there are subtle factors that influence decisions that lie beyond the reach of any Web site.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Internet eliminates this and allows us to broaden the reach, scope, and frequency of our magazines.’
      • ‘He takes pains to limit the range and reach of his case against censorship.’
      • ‘The desirability of living in the countryside has pushed rural house prices way beyond the reach of many agricultural workers, he says.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's just countryside within easy reach of the city centre.’
      • ‘But the national broadcaster may well have an edge because of its reach across the country.’
      • ‘What attracts customers to the aggregators is the size of their reach.’
      • ‘She sighed as she looked at the price tag that put the dress well beyond her reach, and turned to walk away dejectedly.’
      capabilities, capacity
      jurisdiction, authority, sway, control, command, influence
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  • 2A continuous extent of land or 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.’
    • ‘One goal was to return fish to traditional spawning grounds in the upper reaches of the Clearwater tributaries, strengthening natural fish runs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some creeks or river reaches are fed by springs or groundwater seeps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The upper reaches of these lower tributaries are undammed and of moderate flow, with gravel/cobble substrate and only occasional sand bars.’
    • ‘More than 1,000 families along the middle reaches of the river were affected by rising water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said that on the one hand, increased plantation along the upper reaches of rivers contributed to better protection of the environment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ‘wild’ fish stocks now originate almost entirely from man-made fish nurseries in the upper reaches of the rivers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is designed to divert water from the upper reaches of the river to the northeast coast.’
  • 3Sailing
    A distance traversed in reaching.


  • 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 or achieve something.
        ‘she thought college was out of her reach’
        • ‘He says homes are now out of reach for most first and second home buyers.’
        • ‘Leeds put the game out of reach with just over 20 minutes remaining.’
        • ‘The means of production are ours, as are the means of distribution - but the means of remuneration remain out of 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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘An Evening Press survey this spring found that traditional starter homes were now out of reach for someone on an average York salary.’
        • ‘Despite negotiations to lower the price of imported medications, they remain out of reach to all but the very richest.’
        • ‘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.’
  • within (or in) reach

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

      • ‘I tried to stand back up, but only managed to move just within reach of the latch.’
      • ‘After one particularly long submersion, Blair spotted a log stretched out across the river just within reach of his outstretched hands.’
      • ‘I pulled my chair even closer to the desk so I was in reach of the pen and paper along with the notes.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1Inside a distance that can be traveled.
        ‘Rocky Mountain National Park is within easy reach of the city of Denver’
        • ‘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 or achieve something.
        • ‘But accelerated progress is possible, and lies 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.’
        • ‘Performance is manageable and success is within reach.’
        • ‘For some uncanny reason, the moments at which you stumble are those when you are within reach of attaining some long-sought goal.’
        • ‘The affordability, and quality of digital video and sophisticated postproduction systems put these possibilities well within reach.’
        • ‘The £18 million public-private partnership will provide 250 low-cost homes to rent, bringing properties within reach of tenants on low incomes.’
        • ‘I'm a writer because I find literature exhilarating, and because the possibility of writing something beautiful seems almost within reach.’
        • ‘With no damage to his mind or his hands, he knew practicing pediatric medicine was still within reach.’
        • ‘Improvement is always within reach and always attainable.’
        • ‘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.’
        achievable, obtainable, accessible, within reach, at hand, reachable, winnable, securable, realizable
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Old English rǣcan; related to Dutch reiken and German reichen.