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reach

verb  us   /ritʃ/

reach verb (ARRIVE)

[T] to arrive somewhere: The storm continues to move west and is expected to reach the east coast of Florida tomorrow.

reach verb (BECOME HIGHER)

[T] to become higher or greater so as to equal a particular level: The temperature is expected to reach 90° today. The government fears unemployment will reach 10%. [T] To reach is also to develop to a stage in order to achieve a particular result: We hope to reach agreement soon on the new trade policy. They reached the conclusion that nothing further could be done.

reach verb (STRETCH)

[I/T] to stretch out your arm to its full length in order to take or touch something: [T] Our little girl isn’t tall enough to reach the light switches. [I always + adv/prep] The receptionist reached for the phone. [I always + adv/prep] She reached across the table and took his hand. [I/T] If an object reaches something, the top or bottom of it touches that thing: [T] The ladder won’t quite reach the roof.

reach verb (COMMUNICATE)

[T] to communicate with someone in another place, usually by telephone: I’ve been trying to reach you all afternoon, but your phone was busy.
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reach

noun [U]  us   /ritʃ/

reach noun [U] (STRETCH)

the distance to which you can put out your arm and touch something: All medicines should be kept out of the reach of children.
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