To stretch out or put forth (a body part); extend: reached out an arm. To touch or grasp by stretching out or extending: can't reach the shelf. To arrive at; attain: reached a conclusion; reached their destination. To succeed in getting in contact with or communicating with: They reached us by phone. Our newsletter reaches a specialized readership. To succeed in having an effect on: No one seems able to reach her anymore. To extend as far as: The property reaches the shore. To project as far as: A distant cry reached our ears. To travel as far as: a long fly ball that reached the stadium's wall. To aggregate or amount to: Sales reached the millions. Informal To grasp and hand over to another: Reach me the sugar. To thrust out or extend something. To try to grasp or touch something: reached for a book. To have extension in space or time: a coat that reaches to the knee; a career that reached over several decades. To be extensive in influence or effect. To make an excessive effort, as in drawing a conclusion or making a joke; overreach. Nautical To sail with the wind abeam. The act or an instance of stretching or thrusting out. The extent or distance something can reach. Range of understanding; comprehension: a subject beyond my reach. Range or scope of influence or effect. An expanse: a reach of prairie; the lower reaches of the food chain. A pole connecting the rear axle of a vehicle with the front. Nautical The tack of a sailing vessel with the wind abeam. The stretch of water visible between bends in a river or channel.