reach1 S1 W1
if someone or something reaches a particular point in their development, they get to that point
reach the point/level/stage etc
I had reached the point where I was earning a good salary.
The kids have reached the age when they can care for themselves.
if something reaches a particular rate, amount etc, it increases until it is at that rate or amount:
By 2008, that figure is expected to reach 7 million.
wind speeds reaching up to 180 mph
Prices rose steadily to reach record levels.
to successfully agree on something with other people
a) [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
to move your arm in order to touch or lift something with your hand:
She reached into her bag and produced a business card.
He reached down to help her to her feet.
Kelly reached for his gun.
Luisa reached out her hand to stroke the cat.
b) [intransitive,transitive not in progressive]
to touch something by stretching out your arm:
It's no good - I can't reach.
She's too small to reach the table.
to get something from a high place by stretching up your arm
reach something down
She fell while reaching down a vase from the top shelf.
to be big enough, long enough etc to get to a particular point:
length/height[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive not in progressive]
The phone lead isn't long enough to reach the bedroom.
a skirt that reaches halfway down her legs
reach as far as something/reach down to something
Her hair reaches down to her waist.
to arrive at a place:
We reached London late at night.
The pyramids can be reached by public transport.
if you reach someone, you succeed in speaking to them on the telephone [= contact]:
speak to somebody[transitive]
I can probably reach him on his mobile.
if a message, television programme etc reaches a lot of people, they hear it or see it:
Cable TV reaches a huge audience.
if information reaches you, you hear about it:
The news reached us in Lahore.
to succeed in making someone understand or accept what you tell them [= get through to]:
I just can't seem to reach Ed anymore.
to aim for something that is very difficult to achieve
reach out to somebodyphrasal verb
So far, his administration has failed to reach out to hardline Republicans.