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reach

verb uk   /riːtʃ/ us  

reach verb (ARRIVE)

B1 [T] to arrive at a place, especially after spending a long time or a lot of effort travelling: We won't reach Miami till five or six o'clock. They finally reached the coast after five weeks sailing. News of his accident had only just reached us. reach a decision, agreement, conclusion, etc. B2 to make a decision, agreement, etc. about something: She reached the conclusion that there was no more she could do. We'll inform you when a decision has been reached. The jury took four days to reach a verdict.

reach verb (LEVEL)

B2 [T] to get to a particular level, especially a high one: The temperature is expected to reach 30°C today. He's just reached the grand old age of 95. I've reached the point where I'm not going to put up with her criticisms of me any more.

reach verb (STRETCH)

B2 [I or T] to stretch out your arm in order to get or touch something: She's grown so tall that she can reach the door handle now. He reached for the phone and knocked over a glass. The child reached down/out/over and picked up the kitten. He reached his hand out for the money. [+ two objects] UK Can you reach me (down) that book? [I or T] If an object reaches something, the top or bottom of it touches that thing: The ladder won't quite reach the top of the wall. She was wearing a dress that reached (to) her ankles.

reach verb (COMMUNICATE)

B2 [T] to communicate with someone in a different place, especially by phone or email: I've been trying to reach you on the phone all day. [T] to understand and communicate with someone: He's a strange child and his teachers find it difficult to reach him.
Phrasal verbs

reach

noun uk   /riːtʃ/ us  

reach noun (DISTANCE)

B2 [U] Your reach is the distance within which you can stretch out your arm and touch something: I like to keep a notebook and pencil within (arm's) reach. The top shelf is within/out of (his) reach. Make sure that you keep all dangerous substances out of the reach of the children. B2 [U] the distance that can be travelled, especially easily: We live within (easy) reach of the station. [S] the length of your arm when you stretch it out: You've got quite a long reach - can you get that box down from the top shelf for me? [C usually singular] an act of stretching out your arm: He made a sudden reach for his gun.

reach noun (LIMIT)

C2 [S or U] the limit within which someone can achieve something: An expensive trip like that would be completely beyond/out of (my) reach (= I would not have enough money to pay for it). After years of saving, the car was at last within (her) reach (= she had enough money to pay for it).

reach noun (PART)

reaches [plural] a part of a river or part of an area of land: The expedition set out for the upper reaches of the Amazon. There was little snow on the lower reaches of the ski run. We know very little about the farthest/outermost reaches of the universe. the highest or lowest levels of an organization: The news has shocked the upper reaches of the government.
(Definition of reach from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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