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English noun: reach

1. reach (location) the limits within which something can be effective

SamplesRange of motion.
He was beyond the reach of their fire.


Broader (hypernym)limit

Narrower (hyponym)earreach, earshot, eyeshot, hearing, rifle range, rifle shot, view

2. reach (attribute) an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:

SamplesThe range of a supersonic jet.
A piano has a greater range than the human voice.
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.

Synonymsambit, compass, orbit, range, scope

Broader (hypernym)extent

Narrower (hyponym)approximate range, ballpark, confines, contrast, expanse, gamut, horizon, internationalism, internationality, latitude, palette, pallet, purview, spectrum, sweep, view

3. reach (act) the act of physically reaching or thrusting out

Synonymsreaching, stretch

Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

Narrower (hyponym)outreach

4. reach (cognition) the limit of capability

SamplesWithin the compass of education.

Synonymscompass, grasp, range

Broader (hypernym)capability, capableness, potentiality

Narrower (hyponym)ken, sight

English verb: reach

1. reach (motion) reach a destination, either real or abstract

SamplesWe 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.

ExamplesThey reach the hill

Synonymsarrive at, attain, gain, hit, make

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)access, bottom out, breast, catch up, come through, culminate, find, get at, get through, ground, make, peak, run aground, scale, summit, surmount, top, top out

Entailgo, locomote, move, travel

Verb groupmake

2. reach (motion) reach a point in time, or a certain state or level

SamplesThe thermometer hit 100 degrees.
This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour.

Synonymsattain, hit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arrive, come, get

Narrower (hyponym)break even, max out

3. reach (contact) move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense

SamplesGovernment reaches out to the people.

Synonymsreach out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

4. reach (communication) be in or establish communication with

SamplesOur advertisements reach millions.
He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia.

Synonymscontact, get hold of, get through

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)ping, ping, raise

5. reach (social) to gain with effort

SamplesShe achieved her goal despite setbacks.

Synonymsaccomplish, achieve, attain

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win

Narrower (hyponym)average, begin, come to, compass, culminate, finagle, get to, make, manage, progress to, reach, score, strike, wangle

6. reach (stative) to extend as far as

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

Synonymsextend to, touch

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)reach into

7. reach (motion) reach a goal, e.g.,

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

Synonymsget to, make, progress to

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accomplish, achieve, attain, reach

8. reach (possession) place into the hands or custody of

SamplesHand me the spoon, please.
Turn the files over to me, please.
He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers.

Synonymsgive, hand, pass, pass on, turn over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)transfer

Narrower (hyponym)commit, confide, deal, deliver, entrust, entrust, fork out, fork over, fork up, free, give, give up, hand over, intrust, leave, release, relinquish, render, resign, slip, sneak, trust, turn in

9. reach (competition) to exert much effort or energy

SamplesStraining our ears to hear.

Synonymsstrain, strive

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)drive, labor, labour, push, tug

Narrower (hyponym)bother, extend oneself, inconvenience oneself, kill oneself, overexert oneself, trouble, trouble oneself

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