Meaning of REACH in English


I. ˈrēch verb

Etymology: Middle English rechen, from Old English rǣcan; akin to Old High German reichen to reach, Lithuanian raižytis to stretch oneself

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb


a. : to stretch out : extend

b. : thrust


a. : to touch or grasp by extending a part of the body (as a hand) or an object

couldn't reach the apple

b. : to pick up and draw toward one : take


(1) : to extend to

the shadow reach ed the wall

(2) : to get up to or as far as : come to

your letter reach ed me yesterday

his voice reach ed the last rows

they hoped to reach an agreement


(1) : encompass

(2) : to make an impression on

(3) : to communicate with

3. : to hand over : pass

intransitive verb


a. : to make a stretch with or as if with one's hand

b. : to strain after something


a. : project , extend

his land reach es to the river

b. : to arrive at or come to something

as far as the eye could reach

3. : to sail on a reach

• reach·able ˈrē-chə-bəl adjective

• reach·er noun

II. noun

Date: 1536

1. : a continuous stretch or expanse ; especially : a straight portion of a stream or river



(1) : the action or an act of reaching

(2) : an individual part of a progression or journey


(1) : a reachable distance

within reach

(2) : ability to reach

had a long reach

c. : an extent or range especially of knowledge or comprehension

3. : a bearing shaft or coupling pole ; especially : the rod joining the hind axle to the forward bolster of a wagon

4. : the tack sailed by a ship with the wind coming just forward of the beam or with the wind directly abeam or abaft the beam

5. : echelon , level — usually used in plural

the upper reach es of academia

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.