Pronunciation: (rēch),[key] —v.t. 1. to get to or get as far as in moving, going, traveling, etc.: The boat reached the shore. 2. to come to or arrive at in some course of progress, action, etc.: Your letter never reached me. 3. to succeed in touching or seizing with an outstretched hand, a pole, etc.: to reach a book on a high shelf. 4. to stretch or hold out; extend: reaching out a hand in greeting. 5. to stretch or extend so as to touch or meet: The bookcase reaches the ceiling. 6. to establish communication with: I called but couldn't reach you. 7. to amount to, as in the sum or total: The cost will reach millions. 8. to penetrate to: distant stars the eye cannot reach. 9. to succeed in striking or hitting, as with a weapon or missile: The artillery fire reached the shore. 10. to succeed in making contact with, influencing, impressing, interesting, convincing, etc.: a program that reached a large teenage audience.
—v.i. 1. to make a stretch, as with the hand or arm.
2. to become outstretched, as the hand or arm.
3. to make a movement or effort as if to touch or seize something: to reach for a weapon. 4. to extend in operation or effect: power that reaches throughout the land. 5. to stretch in space; extend in direction, length, distance, etc.: a coat reaching to the knee; a tower reaching to the skies. 6. to extend or continue in time.
7. to get or come to a specified place, person, condition, etc. (often fol. by to).
8. to amount (often fol. by to): sums reaching to a considerable total. 9. to penetrate: Fields of flowers extended as far as the eye could reach. 10. to assert or agree without certainty or sufficient evidence; infer hastily: I'd be reaching if I said I had the answer to your question. 11. Naut. a. to sail on a reach.
b. to sail with the wind forward of the beam but so as not to require sailing close-hauled.
—n. 1. an act or instance of reaching: to make a reach for a gun. 2. the extent or distance of reaching: within reach of his voice. 3. range of effective action, power, or capacity.
4. a continuous stretch or extent of something: a reach of woodland. 5. Also called pound. a level portion of a canal, between locks.
6. Naut.a point of sailing in which the wind is within a few points of the beam, either forward of the beam (close reach), directly abeam (beam reach), or abaft the beam (broad reach). 7. the pole connecting the rear axle of a wagon to the transverse bar or bolster over the front axle supporting the wagon bed.
8. a straight portion of a river between two bends.