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reach

 (rēch)
v. reached, reach·ing, reach·es
v.tr.
1. To stretch out or put forth (a body part); extend: reached out an arm.
2. To touch or grasp by stretching out or extending: can't reach the shelf.
3. To arrive at; attain: reached their destination; reached a conclusion.
4.
a. To succeed in getting in contact with or communicating with: They reached us by phone. Our newsletter reaches a specialized readership.
b. To succeed in having an effect on: No one seems able to reach her anymore.
5.
a. To extend as far as: The property reaches the shore.
b. To project as far as: A distant cry reached our ears.
c. To travel as far as: a long fly ball that reached the stadium's wall.
6. To aggregate or amount to: Sales reached the millions.
7. Informal To grasp and hand over to another: Reach me the sugar.
v.intr.
1. To extend or move a hand, arm, or other body part, especially when trying to touch or grasp something: reached for a book; reach into a pocket.
2.
a. To have extension in space or time: a coat that reaches to the knee; a career that reached over several decades.
b. To have an influence or effect: a philosophy that reaches into many disciplines.
c. To make an effort to address the needs of a group or community. Often used with out: a program to reach out to disengaged youth.
3. Nautical To sail with the wind abeam.
n.
1. The act or an instance of stretching or thrusting out: The frog caught the insect with a sudden reach of its tongue.
2. The extent or distance something can reach: a boxer with a long reach.
3.
a. Range of understanding; comprehension: a subject beyond my reach.
b. Range or scope of influence or effect: the reach of the transmitter. See Synonyms at range.
4. often reaches
a. An expanse of land or water, such as a stretch of water visible between bends in a river or channel.
b. A rank or level in a social group or organization: the lower reaches of society.
5. A pole connecting the rear axle of a vehicle with the front.
6. Nautical The tack of a sailing vessel with the wind abeam.

[Middle English rechen, from Old English rǣcan; see reig- in Indo-European roots.]

reach′a·ble adj.
reach′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reaching - the act of physically reaching or thrusting outreaching - the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
outreach - the act of reaching out; "the outreach toward truth of the human spirit"
2.reaching - accomplishment of an objectivereaching - accomplishment of an objective  
accomplishment, achievement - the action of accomplishing something
attainment - arrival at a new stage; "his attainment of puberty was delayed by malnutrition"
advent, coming - arrival that has been awaited (especially of something momentous); "the advent of the computer"
References in classic literature ?
A long, claw-like hand was reaching up to grasp the metal rail.
He remembered that it was the detective who procured the sledge, the only means of reaching Omaha in time; but, checked by some presentiment, he kept his usual reserve.
My whole soul was so bent upon reaching Hampton that I did not have time to cherish any bitterness toward the hotel-keeper.