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[fahr-ree-ching] /ˈfɑrˈri tʃɪŋ/
extending far in influence, effect, etc.:
the far-reaching effect of his speech.
Origin of far-reaching
First recorded in 1815-25
Related forms
far-reachingly, adverb
far-reachingness, noun
Can be confused
far-fetched, far-flung, far-reaching. Unabridged
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  • Meantime, Tom was proceeding in a clear, soft, far-reaching voice.

  • It had been the little spark that touched off a far-reaching train of events.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • The far-reaching plains to the west offered him too wide a focus.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • There had been a scandal, so far-reaching a scandal that it had got into the home papers.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • He was an enthusiast, and his portfolio was full of schemes of far-reaching magnitude.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
British Dictionary definitions for far-reaching


extensive in influence, effect, or range
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for far-reaching

1824, from far + present participle of reach (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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