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REACH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reach mean? 

REACH (noun)
  The noun REACH has 4 senses:

1. the limits within which something can be effective
2. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
3. the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
4. the limit of capability

  Familiarity information: REACH used as a noun is uncommon.


REACH (verb)
  The verb REACH has 9 senses:

1. reach a destination, either real or abstract
2. reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
3. move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense
4. be in or establish communication with
5. to gain with effort
6. to extend as far as
7. reach a goal, e.g.,
8. place into the hands or custody of
9. to exert much effort or energy

  Familiarity information: REACH used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


REACH (noun)


Sense 1reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The limits within which something can be effective

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

reach; range

Context examples:

range of motion / he was beyond the reach of their fire

Hypernyms ("reach" is a kind of...):

limit (as far as something can go)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reach"):

earreach; earshot; hearing (the range within which a voice can be heard)

eyeshot; view (the range of the eye)

rifle range; rifle shot (the distance that a rifle bullet will carry)


Sense 2reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

ambit; scope; range; reach; compass; orbit

Context examples:

the range of a supersonic jet / the ambit of municipal legislation / within the compass of this article / within the scope of an investigation / outside the reach of the law / in the political orbit of a world power

Hypernyms ("reach" is a kind of...):

extent (the distance or area or volume over which something extends)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reach"):

palette; pallet (the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art)

spectrum (broad range of related values or qualities or ideas or activities)

gamut (a complete extent or range:)

expanse; sweep (a wide scope)

horizon; purview; view (the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated)

latitude (scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction)

internationalism; internationality (quality of being international in scope)

contrast (the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness))

confines (a bounded scope)

approximate range; ballpark (near to the scope or range of something)


Sense 3reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of physically reaching or thrusting out

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

reaching; stretch; reach

Hypernyms ("reach" is a kind of...):

motility; motion; move; movement (a change of position that does not entail a change of location)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reach"):

outreach (the act of reaching out)


Sense 4reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The limit of capability

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

grasp; compass; reach; range

Context example:

within the compass of education

Hypernyms ("reach" is a kind of...):

capability; capableness; potentiality (an aptitude that may be developed)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reach"):

ken; sight (the range of vision)


REACH (verb)


Sense 1reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reach a destination, either real or abstract

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

reach; arrive at; attain; gain; hit; make

Context examples:

We hit Detroit by noon / The water reached the doorstep / We barely made it to the finish line / I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts

"Reach" entails doing...:

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reach"):

top (reach or ascend the top of)

make (reach in time)

find (succeed in reaching; arrive at)

culminate (reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body)

come through; get through (succeed in reaching a real or abstract destination after overcoming problems)

ground; run aground (hit or reach the ground)

summit (reach the summit of a mountain)

top out (reach the highest point)

catch up (reach the point where one should be after a delay)

scale; surmount (reach the highest point of)

breast (reach the summit)

access; get at (reach or gain access to)

peak (to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity)

bottom out (reach the low point)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They reach the hill


Sense 2reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reach a point in time, or a certain state or level

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

attain; reach; hit

Context examples:

The thermometer hit 100 degrees / This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour

Hypernyms (to "reach" is one way to...):

arrive; come; get (reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reach"):

max out (reach a maximum)

break even (attain a level at which there is neither gain nor loss, as in business, gambling, or a competitive sport)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

reach out; reach

Context example:

Government reaches out to the people

Hypernyms (to "reach" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP

Also:

reach out (attempt to communicate)


Sense 4reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in or establish communication with

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

contact; get hold of; get through; reach

Context examples:

Our advertisements reach millions / He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia

Hypernyms (to "reach" is one way to...):

communicate; intercommunicate (transmit thoughts or feelings)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reach"):

raise (establish radio communications with)

ping (contact, usually in order to remind of something)

ping (send a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 5reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To gain with effort

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

attain; achieve; accomplish; reach

Context example:

she achieved her goal despite setbacks

Hypernyms (to "reach" is one way to...):

bring home the bacon; come through; deliver the goods; succeed; win (attain success or reach a desired goal)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reach"):

finagle; manage; wangle (achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods)

average (achieve or reach on average)

compass (bring about; accomplish)

culminate (reach the highest or most decisive point)

come to; strike (attain)

begin (achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative)

get to; make; progress to; reach (reach a goal, e.g.,)

score (get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 6reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To extend as far as

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

extend to; reach; touch

Context examples:

The sunlight reached the wall / Can he reach? / The chair must not touch the wall

Hypernyms (to "reach" is one way to...):

be (occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reach"):

reach into (run into or up to)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Something ----s something

Also:

reach into (run into or up to)

reach out (reach outward in space)


Sense 7reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reach a goal, e.g.,

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

progress to; get to; reach; make

Context examples:

make the first team / We made it! / She may not make the grade

Hypernyms (to "reach" is one way to...):

accomplish; achieve; attain; reach (to gain with effort)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 8reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place into the hands or custody of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

turn over; pass on; hand; pass; reach; give

Context examples:

hand me the spoon, please / Turn the files over to me, please / He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers

Hypernyms (to "reach" is one way to...):

transfer (cause to change ownership)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reach"):

entrust; leave (put into the care or protection of someone)

commit; confide; entrust; intrust; trust (confer a trust upon)

free; give up; release; relinquish; resign (part with a possession or right)

deliver; fork out; fork over; fork up; get in; hand over; render; turn in (to surrender someone or something to another)

deal (give (a specific card) to a player)

slip; sneak (pass on stealthily)

give (leave with; give temporarily)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 9reach [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To exert much effort or energy

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

strain; strive; reach

Context example:

straining our ears to hear

Hypernyms (to "reach" is one way to...):

drive; labor; labour; push; tug (strive and make an effort to reach a goal)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reach"):

extend oneself (strain to the utmost)

kill oneself; overexert oneself (strain oneself more than is healthy)

bother; inconvenience oneself; trouble; trouble oneself (take the trouble to do something; concern oneself)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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