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definition of the word reach

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
influence March whatever #669: reach secret showed ancient

Old English rǣċan. Cognate with Dutch reiken, German reichen.

Infinitive
to reach

Third person singular
reaches

Simple past
reached

Past participle
reached

Present participle
reaching

to reach (third-person singular simple present reaches, present participle reaching, simple past and past participle reached)

  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; too 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. To extend in dimension, time, amount, action, influence, etc., so as to touch, attain to, or be equal to, something.

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