reaching Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
    stretch; reach.
  2. noun accomplishment of an objective
  3. verb reach a destination, either real or abstract
    hit; make; reach; attain; arrive at; gain.
    • We hit Detroit by noon
    • The water reached the doorstep
    • We barely made it to the finish line
    • I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts
  4. verb reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
    hit; reach; attain.
    • The thermometer hit 100 degrees
    • This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour
  5. verb move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense
    reach out; reach.
    • Government reaches out to the people
  6. verb be in or establish communication with
    get through; contact; reach; get hold of.
    • Our advertisements reach millions
    • He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia
  7. verb to gain with effort
    accomplish; reach; attain; achieve.
    • she achieved her goal despite setbacks
  8. verb to extend as far as
    touch; reach; extend to.
    • The sunlight reached the wall
    • Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall
  9. verb reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"
    progress to; make; reach; get to.
    • We made it!
    • She may not make the grade
  10. verb place into the hands or custody of
    give; turn over; reach; hand; pass; pass on.
    • hand me the spoon, please
    • Turn the files over to me, please
    • He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers
  11. verb to exert much effort or energy
    strain; reach; strive.
    • straining our ears to hear