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Definition 1: the act of physically reaching or thrusting out - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(reach is a kind of ...) a change of position that does not entail a change of location

"the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise" "movement is a sign of life" "an impatient move of his hand" "gastrointestinal motility"

(... is a kind of reach ) the act of reaching out

"the outreach toward truth of the human spirit"

Definition 2: an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where reach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the 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

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(reach is a kind of ...) the distance or area or volume over which something extends

"the vast extent of the desert" "an orchard of considerable extent"

(... is a kind of reach ) a broad range of related objects or values or qualities or ideas or activities

(... is a kind of reach ) a complete extent or range:

"a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"

(... is a kind of reach ) a wide scope

"the sweep of the plains"

(... is a kind of reach ) the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated

"It is beyond the horizon of present knowledge"

(... is a kind of reach ) scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction

(... is a kind of reach ) quality of being international in scope

"he applauded the internationality of scientific terminology"

(... is a kind of reach ) 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)

(... is a kind of reach ) a bounded scope

"he stayed within the confines of the city"

(... is a kind of reach ) near to the scope or range of something

"his answer wasn't even in the right ballpark"

(... is a kind of reach ) the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art

Definition 3: the limit of capability - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where reach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • within the compass of education

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(reach is a kind of ...) an aptitude that may be developed

(... is a kind of reach ) the range of vision

"out of sight of land"

Definition 4: the limits within which something can be effective - [noun denoting location]

Samples where reach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(reach is a kind of ...) as far as something can go

(... is a kind of reach ) the range within which a voice can be heard

"the children were told to stay within earshot"

(... is a kind of reach ) the range of the eye

"they were soon out of view"

(... is a kind of reach ) the distance that a rifle bullet will carry

"the target was out of rifle range"

Definition 5: be in or establish communication with - [verb of communication]

Samples where reach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(reach is a kind of ...) transmit thoughts or feelings

"He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"

(... is a kind of reach ) send a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active

"ping your machine in the office"

(... is a kind of reach ) contact, usually in order to remind of something

"I'll ping my accountant--April 15 is nearing"

(... is a kind of reach ) establish radio communications with

"They managed to raise Hanoi last night"

Definition 6: to exert much effort or energy - [verb of competition]

Samples where reach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • straining our ears to hear

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(reach is a kind of ...) strive and make an effort to reach a goal

"She tugged for years to make a decent living" "We have to push a little to make the deadline!" "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"

(... is a kind of reach ) strain to the utmost

(... is a kind of reach ) strain oneself more than is healthy

(... is a kind of reach ) take the trouble to do something; concern oneself

"He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday" "Don't bother, please"

Definition 7: move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense - [verb of contact]

Samples where reach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Government reaches out to the people

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(reach is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

Definition 8: reach a point in time, or a certain state or level - [verb of motion]

Samples where reach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(reach is a kind of ...) reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

"She arrived home at 7 o'clock" "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight"

(... is a kind of reach ) reach a maximum

"I maxed out on all my credit cards"

(... is a kind of reach ) attain a level at which there is neither gain nor loss, as in business, gambling, or a competitive sport

Definition 9: reach a destination, either real or abstract - [verb of motion]

Samples where reach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of reach ) hit or reach the ground

(... is a kind of reach ) succeed in reaching a real or abstract destination after overcoming problems

"We finally got through the bureaucracy and could talk to the Minister"

(... is a kind of reach ) reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body

(... is a kind of reach ) succeed in reaching; arrive at

"The arrow found its mark"

(reach has a similar meaning as ...) reach in time

"We barely made the plane"

(... is a kind of reach ) reach or ascend the top of

"The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"

(... is a kind of reach ) reach the summit (of a mountain)

"They breasted the mountain" "Many mountaineers go up Mt. Everest but not all summit"

(... is a kind of reach ) to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity

"That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929" "Bids for the painting topped out at $50 million"

(... is a kind of reach ) reach the low point

"Prices bottomed out and started to rise again after a while"

(... is a kind of reach ) reach or gain access to

"How does one access the attic in this house?" "I cannot get to the T.V. antenna, even if I climb on the roof"

(... is a kind of reach ) reach the highest point of

"We scaled the Mont Blanc"

(... is a kind of reach ) reach the point where one should be after a delay

"I caught up on my homework"

(reach implies ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

Definition 10: reach a goal - [verb of motion]

Samples where reach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(reach is a kind of ...) to gain with effort

"she achieved her goal despite setbacks"

Definition 11: place into the hands or custody of - [verb of possession]

Samples where reach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(reach is a kind of ...) cause to change ownership

"I transferred my stock holdings to my children"

(... is a kind of reach ) leave with; give temporarily

"Can I give you my keys while I go in the pool?" "Can I give you the children for the weekend?"

(... is a kind of reach ) pass on stealthily

"He slipped me the key when nobody was looking"

(... is a kind of reach ) give (a specific card) to a player

"He dealt me the Queen of Spades"

(... is a kind of reach ) to surrender someone or something to another

"the guard delivered the criminal to the police" "render up the prisoners" "render the town to the enemy" "fork over the money"

(... is a kind of reach ) part with a possession or right

"I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest" "resign a claim to the throne"

(... is a kind of reach ) confer a trust upon

"The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret" "I commit my soul to God"

(... is a kind of reach ) put into the care or protection of someone

"He left the decision to his deputy" "leave your child in the nurse's care"

Samples where reach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she achieved her goal despite setbacks

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(reach is a kind of ...) attain success or reach a desired goal

"The enterprise succeeded" "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show" "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"

(... is a kind of reach ) get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance

"She scored high on the SAT" "He scored a 200"

(... is a kind of reach ) reach a goal

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

(... is a kind of reach ) achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative

"This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation" "You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war"

(... is a kind of reach ) attain

"The horse finally struck a pace"

(... is a kind of reach ) reach the highest or most decisive point

(... is a kind of reach ) bring about; accomplish

"This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"

(... is a kind of reach ) achieve or reach on average

"He averaged a C"

(... is a kind of reach ) achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

Definition 13: to extend as far as - [verb of stative]

Samples where reach or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for reach in the sense of this definition

(reach is a kind of ...) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

"Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back" "What is behind this behavior?"

(... is a kind of reach ) run into or up to

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