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reaches

  
1       n-plural   The upper, middle, or lower reaches of a river are parts of a river. The upper reaches are nearer to the river's source and the lower reaches are nearer to the sea into which it flows.  
usu the adj N of n  
This year water levels in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze are unusually high.     
2       n-plural   You can refer to the distant or outer parts of a place or area as the far, farthest, or outer reaches.  
FORMAL   usu the adj N of n  
...the outer reaches of the solar system.     
3       n-plural   You can refer to the higher or lower levels of an organization as its upper or lower reaches.  
FORMAL   usu the adj N of n   (=echelons)  
...the upper reaches of the legal profession.     
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reach, recess, react, reactive

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