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reach

verb
 
 
/riːtʃ/
ARRIVE [T] B1 to arrive somewhere: We won't reach Miami till five or six o'clock.Arriving, entering and invading
STRETCH [I, T] B2 to stretch your arm and hand to touch or take something: Our little girl isn't tall enough to reach the light switches. She reached for a cigarette. She reached down to stroke the dog's head. He reached out and grabbed her arm.Stretching the body
can reach (sth) B2 to be able to touch or take something with your hand: Could you get that book down for me - I can't reach.Stretching the body
BE LONG ENOUGH [I, T] If something reaches, or reaches something, it is long enough to touch something: The rope won't be long enough to reach the ground.Connecting and combiningVariety and mixturesMixing and mixtures
LEVEL [T] B2 to get to a particular level, situation, etc: We hope to reach our goal by May next year. I've reached the point where I'm about to give up.Succeeding, achieving and fulfilling
reach a decision/agreement/conclusion, etc B2 to make a decision, agreement, etc about somethingDecisions and deciding
TELEPHONE [T] B2 to speak to someone on the telephone: You can reach him at home.Communicating by telephone
(Definition of reach verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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