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Usage statistics for the verb reach:

spoken English18.33%written English81.67% imaginative writing62.35%informational writing37.65%

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Reach is sometimes a misspelling of reached or region.

The word reach is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun reach

What does reach mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: reaches

  1. the limits within which something can be effective
    • example: he was beyond the reach of their fire
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of reach: range
    • more generic word: limit = as far as something can go
    • more specific terms:
  2. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:
    • example: outside the reach of the law
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of reach: ambit / compass / orbit / range / scope
    • more generic word: extent = the distance or area or volume over which something extends
    • more specific terms:
  3. the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
  4. the limit of capability

Alternative definition of the noun reach


  1. The act of stretching or extending; extension; power of reaching or touching with the person, or a limb, or something held or thrown.
  2. The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity.
  3. Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope.
  4. [informal] An exaggeration; an extension beyond evidence or normal; a stretch.
  5. [boxing] The distance a boxer's arm can extend to land a blow.
  6. An extended portion of land or water; a stretch; a straight portion of a stream or river, as from one turn to another; a level stretch, as between locks in a canal; an arm of the sea extending up into the land.
  7. [nautical] Any point of sail in which the wind comes from the side of a vessel.

Specialised definition of the noun reach

Glossary of sports / boxing

a boxer's reach is the distance between the fingertips of one arm to those of his other arm, when standing with arms outstretched to either side (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb reach

What does reach mean as a doing word?

Reach is one of the top 100 most common verbs. It is used mostly in writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: reached | reaching | reaches

  1. reach a destination, either real or abstract
    • examples: The water reached the doorstep | They reach the hill
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - concrete organization] [Verb] [Destination]They reached the hill

      Verbs of Motion (with the same syntax): hit, make.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of reach: arrive at / attain / gain / hit / make
    • more specific terms:
    • entailment: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
  2. reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
    • example: This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of reach: attain / hit
    • more generic words: arrive / come / get = reach a destination
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
  3. move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense
    • example: Government reaches out to the people
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of reach: reach out
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. be in or establish communication with
    • example: Our advertisements reach millions
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of reach: contact / get hold of / get through
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
    • more specific words:
      • ping = send a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active
      • ping = contact, usually in order to remind of something
      • raise = establish radio communications with
  5. to gain with effort
  6. to extend as far as
    • examples: The sunlight reached the wall | Can he reach?
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of reach: extend to / touch
    • more generic word: be = occupy a certain position or area
    • more specific term: reach into = run into or up to
  7. reach a goal
  8. place into the hands or custody of
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Carmen bought Mary a dress
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset]Carmen bought a dress for $50
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Carmen bought a dress for Mary
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] at / for [Asset]FMC has bought 565,000 shares from Nortek Inc. at $23.50 a share
      [Asset - not location] [Verb] [Theme]$50 won't even buy a dress | $50 won't even purchase a dress

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): attain, book, buy, call, catch, charter, choose, conserve, find, gather, hire, lease, order, phone, pick, pluck, procure, pull, rent, reserve, shoot, slaughter, vote, win.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of reach: give / hand / pass / pass on / turn over
    • more generic word: transfer = cause to change ownership
    • more specific terms:
  9. to exert much effort or energy

Alternative definition of the verb reach


  1. To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like.
  2. Hence, to deliver by stretching out a member, especially the hand; to give with the hand; to pass to another; to hand over; as, to reach one a book.
  3. To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; to extend some part of the body, or something held by one, so as to touch, strike, grasp, or the like; as, to reach an object with the hand, or with a spear.
  4. To strike, hit, or tough with a missile; as, to reach an object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell.
  5. Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as.
  6. To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent; as, his hand reaches the river.
  7. To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to.
  8. To understand; to comprehend.
  9. To stretch out the hand.
  10. To strain after something; to make efforts.
  11. [intransitive] To extend in dimension, time etc.; to stretch out continuously ([term, past] [term, beyond] [term, above] [term, from] etc. something).


Reach is a small village and civil parish on the edge of the fenland in East Cambridgeshire, England at the north end of Devil's Dyke, about 1.5 miles west of Burwell.


  1. "Reach" is a song by Gloria Estefan, released as a single in 1996. Co-written with Diane Warren and taken from the official Atlanta 96 album Rhythm of the Games, it later featured on Destiny, which is Estefan's seventh studio album.
  2. "Reach" is the debut full length album by American rock band Eyes Set to Kill. It was released on February 19, 2008, and peaked at #29 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. The album features three songs from their EP, When Silence is Broken, The Night Is Torn that were re-recorded following the departure of lead vocalist Lindsey Vogt in 2007. Some songs are re-recorded, renamed songs.
  3. "Reach" is the eighth studio album from rock band Survivor, released under Frontiers Records on 25 April 2006. This is the band's latest album in 18 years. Some of the material originates from a period from 1993 to 1996 when the band recorded demos for an unreleased album that can be heard on the Fire Makes Steel bootleg.
  4. "Reach" is a composition.
  5. "Reach" is the only album by American country music artist Meredith Edwards. It was released in 2001 by Mercury Nashville and peaked at #24 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album includes the singles "A Rose Is a Rose" and "The Bird Song.
    • genre: Country
    • released on (14 years ago)
  6. "Reach" is a song from an American metalcore band Eyes Set to Kill. It was released February 5, 2008 and was the lead single of the band from their debut album Reach. Alexia Rodriguez is now the vocals after Lindsey Vogt left. An acoustic version of the song will be included on Lexia's debut Underground Sounds.
  7. "Reach" is a musical single of Lil' Mo.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  8. "Reach" is a musical single of S Club.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  9. "Reach" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  10. "Reach" is a musical EP of All The Shelters.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  11. "Reach" is a musical single of Panic DHH.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  12. "Reach" is a musical EP of Sunkiss.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  13. "Reach" is a musical single of Jessica Jay.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  14. "Reach" is a musical single of Judy Cheeks.


"Reach" is a film.

  • genre: Instructional
  • released in (8 years ago)


  1. Reach: In the application of statistics to advertising and media analysis, reach refers to the total number of different people or households exposed, at least once, to a medium during a given period. Reach should not be confused with the number of people who will actually be exposed to and consume the advertising, though. It is just the number of people who are exposed to the medium and therefore have an opportunity to see or hear the ad or commercial. Reach may be stated either as an absolute number, or as a fraction of a given population.
  2. The Reach are a villainous race of cybernetic insectoid aliens in the DC Comics universe. They are unintentionally responsible for the creation of the dynasty of super heroes known as the Blue Beetles.
  3. Reach: A reach in geography can mean several things. Most generally, a reach is any length of a stream between any two points. The points may be selected for any reason, such as gauging stations, river miles, natural features, and topography. They may be arbitrary or vague.
  4. Reach a.k.a. Arm span or reach is the physical measurement of the length from one end of an individual's arms to the other when raised parallel to the ground at shoulder height at a one-hundred eighty degree angle. The average reach correlates to the person's height. Age and sex have to be taken into account to best predict height from arm span.
  5. Reach is a 2013 Telly award winning ad for Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable Commercial - Use of Music, created by Aaron Kodz for the Van Cliburn Foundation.
    • award:
      • Telly Award for Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable Commercial - Use of Music, received by Aaron Kodz
      • Telly Award for Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable Commercial - Not-for-profit, received by Aaron Kodz
      • Telly Award for Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable Commercial - Videography/Cinematography, received by Aaron Kodz

Phrases with Reach

Phrases starting with the word Reach:

  1. reach out
  2. reach into
  3. Reach-Around
  4. Reach for the Stars
  5. reach one's nostrils

Phrases ending with the word Reach:

  1. Dry Reach
  2. Arm's Reach
  3. out of reach
  4. Within Reach
  5. Boardinghouse Reach

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Reach

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Google previewPhysical Rehabilitation (2013)

by Susan B O'Sullivan, Thomas J Schmitz, George Fulk

During examination of workstations for individuals using a wheelchair, functional sitting reach is an impor- tant consideration. From an upright wheelchair sitting position, the unobstructed high forward reach is a max- imum of 48 in ...

Google previewCaribou-Targhee National Forest (N.F.), South Bear River Range Allotment Management Plan Revisions (2005)

Environmental Impact Statement

The upper reach is a steep A+3 to A3 channel in a narrow, V-shaped canyon, and is very heavily armored with well packed, subangular boulder and cobble. There is a spring near the upper end of the canyon that makes it perennial for about ...

Google previewWillow's Reach (2010)

by Trevor Stokes

Willow's Reach is a contemporary story highlighting the changes taking Willow's Reach is a contemporary story highlighting the changes taking place in our multicultural society where the myth that people can live place in our multicultural ...

Google previewHow to Make Your Airplane Last Forever (1996)

by Mary Woodhouse, Scott Gifford

The spark plug reach is a crucial consideration when you change spark plugs. The reach is that portion of the plug that is threaded. lf you use the spark plug called for by the manufacturer, you should have no trouble. Substituting spark plugs ...

Google previewProstar Sailing Directions 2005 North Pacific British Columbia Enroute (2005)

by United States. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Europa Reach is that part of Gardner Canal lying between Europa Point and Cornwall Point. It is about 8 miles long. Barrie Reach is that part of Gardner Canal lying between Cornwall Point and the entrance of Kemano Bay, about 8 miles E.

Google previewEnvironmental Law: Text, Cases & Materials (2013)

by Elizabeth Fisher, Elizabeth Charlotte Fisher, Bettina Lange, Eloise Scotford

First, REACH is a distinct departure from other techniques of environmental regulation not just because it is 'innovative' or 'market based' but because its role is far more to do with creating the market than just regulating it. While reconstituting ...

Google previewFairground Attractions (2012)

A Genealogy of the Pleasure Ground by Deborah Philips

Disney's global reach means that stories that were once embedded in European culture have come to have an international recognition, as do Disney characters ( see Wasko 2001). Despite Disney's notorious litigiousness, plagiarised ...

Google previewExplaining Abnormal Behavior (2014)

A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective by Bruce F. Pennington

A general conclusion we will reach is that most abnormal behaviors require abnormal interactions in neural systems and not just the simple subtraction of a component part. Of course, a complete explanation of any abnormal behavior will ...

Google previewTanzania Safari Guide (2013)

With Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Coast by Philip Briggs, Chris McIntyre

More compelling but rather difficult to reach is the pedestrian-friendly Rubondo Island National Park. Coverage below is limited to Mwanza, Rubondo Island and Bukoba. More detailed coverage of the little-used road routes around the ...

Google previewDictionary of International Trade Law (2012)

by Raj Bhala

Furthermore, answers conformed to REACH requirements in only 22 percent of the responses.538 Under REACH, a request for information should be answered “...within 45 days, should detail any SVHCs (substances of very high concern) ...

Google previewThe Builder's Dictionary: Or, Gentleman and Architect's Companion (1734)

Explaining Not Only the Terms of Art in All the Several Parts of Architecture, But Also Containing the Theory and Practice ...

Extend the Compasses from Extend the Compasses from j to 9, that Extent will reach 12 to 17 (the Side of the mid- from...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Church and Religious Organization Marketing (2013)

by Robert E Stevens, David L Loudon, Henry Cole, Bruce Wrenn

MASS COMMUNICATION MEDIA Advertising messages must reach constituents through some medium: pamphlets, radio announcements, newspaper ads, etc. Selecting the most appropriate media is an important decision. Although the ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Second Edition - 3 Volume Set (2006)

by Informa Healthcare, Waldemar Karwowski

FIGURE 1 Reach zones of the elderly in the standing position. that the upper limit of the zone for storing products should not exceed 1600mm. Investigations carried out on the Polish population revealed the same. With the use of the same ...

Google previewThe Gentleman's Dictionary (1705)

In Three Parts. Viz. I. The Art of Riding the Great Horse ... II. The Military Art ... III. The Art of Navigation ... by Guillet (sieur.)

REACH, is the Distance between any two Points of Land, that lie in a Right-Line one from the other. Fore-REACH. See Fore. REAL-Horizon. See Horizon. REAR- ADMIRAL. See offcers, and Flag-Off ers. REARED, Wale-Reared. See Wale.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (2011)

by Linda E. Swayne, Mark Dodds

Reach is a media planning concept referring to the number of different people potentially exposed to an advertising message at least once during a 30day period. Media planning software can calculate an estimate of how many of the brand's ...

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Usage statistics about reach

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb reach:

spoken English18.33%written English81.67% imaginative writing62.35%informational writing37.65%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb reach:


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Quotes about Reach

There are films you see that only reach your eyes. Then there are films that you can watch... that reach down to your throat, or reach your heart. ""In the Mood for Love,"" though, reached all the way to my belly. (Zhang Ziyi)
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Scrabble value of R1E1A1C3H4

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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