PREP. beyond (sb/sth's) The latch was just beyond her reach. | in/within sb/sth's ~ a holiday town within reach of Marseilles | out of sb/sth's ~ Keep all medicines out of reach of children.
PHRASES within arm's reach I always keep my mobile phone within arm's reach. | within easy reach (of sth) The house is within easy reach of the shops.
1 arrive at a place/condition
ADV. eventually, finally
VERB + REACH attempt to, try to | be expected to, be likely/unlikely to, expect to Profits are expected to reach £2 billion this year. | be able to | be unable to, fail to The jury was unable to reach a verdict.
2 stretch out your arm to touch/get sth
ADV. gingerly | out, over He reached out gingerly to touch it.
PREP. for She reached for the telephone and picked it up. | into He reached into his bag and took out a book.
3 be able to touch sth
ADV. easily She had arranged her desk so that she could reach everything easily.
VERB + REACH can/could I can't reach the top shelf.