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 for reaching
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reach \Reach\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reached (r[=e]cht)
     ({Raught, the old preterit, is obsolete); p. pr. & vb. n.
     Reaching.] [OE. rechen, AS. r[=ae]can, r[=ae]cean, to
     extend, stretch out; akin to D. reiken, G. reichen, and
     possibly to AS. r[imac]ce powerful, rich, E. rich.
     1. To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a
        limb, a member, something held, or the like.
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              Her tresses yellow, and long straughten,
              Unto her heeles down they raughten.   --Rom. of R.
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              Reach hither thy hand and thrust it into my side.
                                                    --John xx. 27.
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              Fruit trees, over woody, reached too far
              Their pampered boughs.                --Milton.
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     2. Hence, to deliver by stretching out a member, especially
        the hand; to give with the hand; to pass to another; to
        hand over; as, to reach one a book.
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              He reached me a full cup.             --2 Esd. xiv.
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     3. To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; to
        extend some part of the body, or something held by one, so
        as to touch, strike, grasp, or the like; as, to reach an
        object with the hand, or with a spear.
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              O patron power, . . . thy present aid afford,
              Than I may reach the beast.           --Dryden.
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     4. To strike, hit, or touch with a missile; as, to reach an
        object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell.
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     5. Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to
        penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as.
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              If these examples of grown men reach not the case of
              children, let them examine.           --Locke.
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     6. To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue
        of extent; as, his land reaches the river.
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              Thy desire . . . leads to no excess
              That reaches blame.                   --Milton.
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     7. To arrive at; to come to; to get as far as.
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              Before this letter reaches your hands. --Pope.
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     8. To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain;
        to be advanced to.
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              The best account of the appearances of nature which
              human penetration can reach, comes short of its
              reality.                              --Cheyne.
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     9. To understand; to comprehend. [Obs.]
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              Do what, sir? I reach you not.        --Beau. & Fl.
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     10. To overreach; to deceive. [Obs.] --South.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of physically reaching or thrusting out [syn:
           reach, reaching, stretch]
      2: accomplishment of an objective [syn: arrival, reaching]

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