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reach

  

      vb  
1    tr   to arrive at or get to (a place, person, etc.) in the course of movement or action  
to reach the office     
2    to extend as far as (a point or place)  
to reach the ceiling, can you reach?     
3    tr   to come to (a certain condition, stage, or situation)  
to reach the point of starvation     
4    intr   to extend in influence or operation  
the Roman conquest reached throughout England     
5    tr  
Informal   to pass or give (something to a person) with the outstretched hand  
to reach someone a book     
6    intr; foll by: out, for, or after   to make a movement (towards), as if to grasp or touch  
to reach for something on a shelf     
7    intr; foll by: for or after   to strive or yearn  
to reach for the impossible     
8    tr   to make contact or communication with (someone)  
we tried to reach him all day     
9    tr   to strike, esp. in fencing or boxing  
10    tr   to amount to (a certain sum)  
to reach the five million mark     
11    intr     (Nautical)   to sail on a tack with the wind on or near abeam  
      n  
12    the act of reaching  
13    the extent or distance of reaching  
within reach of safety, beyond her reach     
14    the range of influence, power, jurisdiction, etc.  
15    an open stretch of water, esp. on a river  
16      (Nautical)   the direction or distance sailed by a vessel on one tack  
17    a bar on the rear axle of a vehicle connecting it with some part at the front end  
18      (Television, radio)   the percentage of the population selecting a broadcast programme or channel for more than a specified time during a day or week  
19      (Advertising)   the proportion of a market that an advertiser hopes to reach at least once in a campaign  
     (Old English ræcan; related to Old Frisian reka, Old High German reihheu)  
  reachable      adj  
  reacher      n  


reach-me-down  
      n  
Informal  
1   
a    often pl   a garment that is cheaply ready-made or second-hand  
b    (as modifier)  
reach-me-down finery     
2    pl   trousers  
3    modifier   not original; derivative; stale  
a stock of reach-me-down ideas     
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
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reach

  

      vb  
1    arrive at, attain, get as far as, get to, land at, make  
2    contact, extend to, get (a) hold of, go as far as, grasp, stretch to, touch  
3    amount to, arrive at, attain, climb to, come to, drop, fall, move, rise, sink  
4      (informal)   hand, hold out, pass, stretch  
5    communicate with, contact, establish contact with, find, get, get hold of, get in touch with, get through to, make contact with  
      n  
6    ambit, capacity, command, compass, distance, extension, extent, grasp, influence, jurisdiction, mastery, power, range, scope, spread, stretch, sweep  

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exp.
reach an extreme point or an upper limit; exhaust all options or resources
exp.
(about a movie or TV series) reach a point when, due to a unauthentic scene, it loses the appreciation of the public
made popular by "Indiana Jones" whose hero survives an explosion by hiding in a fridge
id.
to be more sucsessful than others in a competitive situation.or to do things in advance to reach sucsess in a competition.
I jelous my friend she is always ahead of the game! That basketball tim was ahead of the game that is why they won!

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