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verb     reach pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereaching
past tensereached
past participlereached
  1. 1
    [transitive] to arrive somewhere

    We hoped to reach the camp before dark.

    When she reached the top of the stairs her heart was pounding.

    1. a.
      [transitive] if something reaches someone, they receive it after it has been sent to them

      The money should reach your bank account within three working days.

      News reached him that his wife and child were safe.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to get to a particular point in time or a particular stage in a process

      You reach a point where medicine can’t help.

      The children have reached the age when they want more privacy.

    3. c.
      [transitive] to get as high as a particular level or amount

      Temperatures here can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

    4. d.
      [intransitive] to be long enough or large enough to get to a particular point
      reach to:

      Her blond hair reaches to her waist.

      reach as far as:

      They own land that reaches as far as the river.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move your hand, arm, leg, etc. toward something that you are trying to touch or pick up
    reach for:

    He turned around and reached for the phone.

    reach into:

    Travis reached into his pocket to get his car keys.

    reach across:

    I reached across the table and took Alice’s hand.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to manage to touch something or pick it up by stretching out your hand, arm, leg, etc.

      We keep the bottles up here so the children can’t reach them.

      She had to stand on a chair to reach the switch.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to achieve something after discussing it or thinking about it for a long time
    reach (an) agreement:

    An agreement was finally reached last night.

    reach a decision/conclusion/compromise:

    The teachers must reach a decision before summer.

  4. 4
    [transitive] if something such as a program or message reaches people, they see it or hear it

    Our political message is still not reaching enough people.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to succeed in talking to someone by telephone or radio

    I’ll leave you a number where I can be reached in an emergency.

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