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reachverb

 us   /ritʃ/

reach verb (ARRIVE)

[T] to ​arrivesomewhere: The ​stormcontinues to move ​west and is ​expected to reach the ​eastcoast of Florida ​tomorrow.

reach verb (BECOME HIGHER)

[T] to ​becomehigher or ​greater so as to ​equal a ​particularlevel: The ​temperature is ​expected to reach 90° today. The ​governmentfearsunemployment will reach 10%. [T] To reach is also to ​develop to a ​stage in ​order to ​achieve a ​particularresult: We ​hope to reach ​agreementsoon on the new ​tradepolicy. They reached the ​conclusion that nothing ​further could be done.

reach verb (STRETCH)

[I/T] to ​stretch out ​yourarm to ​itsfulllength in ​order to take or ​touch something: [T] Our little ​girl isn’t ​tall enough to reach the ​lightswitches. [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 ​yourphone was ​busy.
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reachnoun [U]

 us   /ritʃ/

reach noun [U] (STRETCH)

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

uk   us   /riːtʃ/

reach verb (ARRIVE)

B1 [T] to ​arrive at a ​place, ​especially after ​spending a ​longtime or a lot of ​efforttravelling: We won't reach Miami until five or six o'clock. They ​finally reached the ​coast after five ​weekssailing. 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.
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reach verb (LEVEL)

B2 [T] to get to a ​particularlevel, ​especially a high one: The ​temperature is ​expected to reach 30°C today. He's just reached the ​grandoldage of 95. I've reached the point where I'm not going to put up with her ​criticisms of me any more.
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reach verb (STRETCH)

B2 [I or T] to ​stretch out ​yourarm in ​order to get or ​touch something: She's ​grown so ​tall that she can reach the ​doorhandle 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.
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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 ​strangechild and his ​teachersfind it ​difficult to reach him.
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reachnoun

uk   us   /riːtʃ/

reach noun (DISTANCE)

B2 [U] Your reach is the ​distance within which you can ​stretch out ​yourarm and ​touch something: I like to ​keep a ​notebook and ​pencil within (arm's) reach. The ​topshelf is within/out of (his) reach. Make ​sure that you ​keep all ​dangeroussubstances out of the reach of the ​children.B2 [U] the ​distance that can be ​travelled, ​especiallyeasily: We ​live within (​easy) reach of the ​station. [S] the ​length of ​yourarm when you ​stretch it out: You've got ​quite a ​long reach - can you get that ​box down from the ​topshelf for me? [C usually singular] an ​act of ​stretching out ​yourarm: He made a ​sudden reach for his ​gun.
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  • Chocolate and ​sweets are ​kept on a high ​shelf out of the reach of the ​children.
  • I have my ​book and my ​paper and everything ​else that I need within arm's reach.
  • Can you get that ​magazine down for me? It's out of my reach.
  • Everything that I use for ​work is within reach.
  • We're within ​easy reach of the ​shops here.

reach noun (LIMIT)

C2 [S or U] the ​limit within which someone can ​achieve something: An ​expensivetrip 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 ​skirun. We ​know very little about the farthest/​outermost reaches of the ​universe. the ​highest or ​lowestlevels 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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reachverb [T]

uk   us   /riːtʃ/
to get to a particular high or ​higherlevel: Profits are expected to reach $11.2 ​billion in the ​hotelindustry next ​year.reach a record/an all-time high Stocks reached a ​record 10-month high.
MARKETING to ​succeed in ​advertising or ​selling a ​product or ​service to a particular ​group of ​people: The ​internet is a ​majortool for reaching new ​customers.
to ​achieve something after careful ​thought or discussion: reach a ​conclusion/decision reach a ​compromise/​deal
reach (an) agreement on sth to make an ​agreement after careful ​thought or discussion: The ​company is understood to have reached an ​agreement with its ​principalbackers. The four ​leaders reached ​agreement on an $820 million ​stateconstructionprogram.
to communicate with someone in a different ​place, especially by ​phone or ​email: He's out of the ​officeright now, but I'll ​try and reach him on his cellphone. If you can't get through on the ​phone, you can always reach us by ​email.

reachnoun

uk   us   /riːtʃ/
[S] MARKETING the ​number of ​people that a ​company is able to ​advertise or ​sell a ​product or ​service to: a broad/​global/​international reach advertising/​business/​market reach The company's reach has ​expanded from 170 million ​users last ​year to more than 500 million this ​year.expand/extend/increase your reach The ​merger will ​double the ​size of the ​company and ​extend its reach into larger ​markets in six ​additionalstates.
reaches [plural] the ​highest or ​lowestlevels of an ​organization or ​system: the higher/lower/upper reaches of sth Many ​shares on the ​lower reaches of the ​stockmarket have enjoyed a ​buoyantrun.
beyond/out of (sb's) reach (also beyond/out of the reach of sb) that someone is not able to get or ​buy: Now ​evensmall starter homes are ​priced out of the reach of low-income ​workingpeople.
within (sb's) reach (also within the reach of sb) that someone is able to get or ​buy: She ​felt that the ​job she had always wanted was ​finally within reach. A high ​percentage of these homes are within ​financial reach of moderate-income families.
(Definition of reach from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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