verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to sail on a reach.
- to sail with the wind forward of the beam but so as not to require sailing close-hauled.
Origin of reach
Synonyms for reach
Related Words for reachdistance, capacity, ability, power, influence, horizon, grasp, scope, hit, show, make, attain, enter, arrive, come, end, lead, go, contact, stand
Examples from the Web for reach
Contemporary Examples of reach
The first thing they told us was that the traffickers are now using Turkish ports, which are relatively easy to reach from Syria.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
Or (horrors) he could reach out to congressional leaders in both parties to pursue bipartisan legislation.Obama’s Pot Policy Is Refer Madness
January 5, 2015
He seemed to get a little turned around on the way but managed to reach what might have been presumed to be his destination.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
Do we critique those women who would modify themselves just to reach those standards?Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It
December 29, 2014
As a well-known advocate for Baluch rights in Iran, young Iranians reach out to him for advice.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of reach
Her heart seemed not easy to reach; her impulses were not inflammable.
When he set out he meant to reach the car and go back to town at once.
Hope to reach Israelite Bay to-morrow, as it is only sixteen miles distant.
I hope to reach the Peake on Wednesday night, where we shall be able to get something to eat.
I awaited the arrival of the party, which should reach here this morning.
Word Origin for reach
Old English ræcan, reccan "reach out, stretch out, extend, hold forth," also "succeed in touching, succeed in striking; address, speak to," also "offer, present, give, grant," from West Germanic *raikjan "stretch out the hand" (cf. Old Frisian reka, Middle Dutch reiken, Dutch reiken, Old High German and German reichen), from Proto-Germanic *raikijanau, perhaps from PIE root *reig- "to stretch out" (cf. Sanskrit rjyati "he stretches himself," riag "torture" (by racking); Greek oregein "to reach, extend;" Lithuanian raižius "to stretch oneself;" Old Irish rigim "I stretch").
Shakespeare uses the now-obsolete past tense form raught (Old English ræhte). Meaning "arrive at" is early 14c.; that of "succeed in influencing" is from 1660s. Related: Reached; reaching. Reach-me-down "ready-made" (of clothes) is recorded from 1862, from notion of being on the rack in a finished state.
1520s, from reach (v.); earliest use is of stretches of water. Meaning "extent of reaching" is from 1540s; that of "act of reaching" is from 1560s.
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?
[Browning, "Andrea del Sarto"]
In addition to the idiom beginning with reach
- reach for the sky
- boardinghouse reach
- get to (reach) first base
- in reach