"reaches" in the noun sense
1. range, reach
the limits within which something can be effective
"range of motion"
"he was beyond the reach of their fire"
2. scope, range, reach, orbit, compass, ambit
an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"
"a piano has a greater range than the human voice"
"the ambit of municipal legislation"
"within the compass of this article"
"within the scope of an investigation"
"outside the reach of the law"
"in the political orbit of a world power"
3. reach, reaching, stretch
the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
4. compass, range, reach, grasp
the limit of capability
"within the compass of education"
"reaches" in the verb sense
1. reach, make, attain, hit, arrive at, gain
reach a destination, either real or abstract
"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"
2. reach, hit, attain
reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
"The thermometer hit 100 degrees"
"This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
3. reach, reach out
move forward or upward in order to touch also in a metaphorical sense
"Government reaches out to the people"
4. reach, get through, get hold of, contact
be in or establish communication with
"Our advertisements reach millions"
"He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia"
5. achieve, accomplish, attain, reach
to gain with effort
"she achieved her goal despite setbacks"
6. reach, extend to, touch
to extend as far as
"The sunlight reached the wall"
"Can he reach?"
"The chair must not touch the wall"
7. reach, make, get to, progress to
reach a goal
"make the first team"
"We made it!"
"She may not make the grade"
8. pass, hand, reach, pass on, turn over, give
place into the hands or custody of
"hand me the spoon, please"
"Turn the files over to me, please"
"He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
9. strive, reach, strain
to exert much effort or energy
"straining our ears to hear"
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