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  1. (transitive) If you reach a level, you get to that level.
    Seven mice were born, six living long enough to reach adulthood.
    The car can reach its peak speed in under 10 seconds.
    These trees have reached heights of more than 100 feet.
    On Jan. 6, the temperature reached 67 degrees in Portland, an all-time high for the month.
  2. (transitive) If you reach a conclusion, agreement, etc. you keep working, talking, thinking, etc. until the ideas come together.
    They came to the same conclusion I had reached: it wasn't working.
    It appears unlikely that an agreement will be reached until the leadership changes.
  3. (intransitive) If you reach for something, you put your hand out to touch it.
    He reached in his pocket and he came out with an envelope.
    I stood up, reached for my wallet, and counted out my cash.
    I reached to touch her arm but she pulled away.
  4. (transitive) If you reach a place, you get there.
    By the time we had reached our destination, it was already past midnight.
    Our goal was to reach Clewiston on the west side of Lake Okeechobee.
  5. (transitive & intransitive) If something reaches a place, it is long enough or tall enough to touch that place.
    My hair is long enough to reach my waist.





  1. (countable); (singular) Your reach is the distance that you can move your body to touch something.
    We had to keep the tools outside of the elephants' reach so they wouldn't take them.
    The keys were just out of reach.
    All controls are within easy reach of the driver.
  2. If something is within reach of somewhere, you can get to it easily from there; it's close.
    They were within easy reach of a hospital.
  3. (plural) The outer reaches of a place are the parts that are furthest away from the centre or from the start.
    The tree is found in New Mexico and up into the upper reaches of the Colorado River system.
    The Voyager spacecraft travelled to the outer reaches of the galaxy.
    My father and his brother had gone to the northern reaches of Alaska.