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American English: /ritʃ/
British English: /riːtʃ/

Translation of reach in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 countable (distance) to have a long reach
    tener buen alcance
    1.2 (in phrases) within reach
    a mi ( or tu etc. ) alcance
    within arm's reach I like to have my books within easy reach
    me gusta tener los libros muy a mano
    within somebody's reach, within the reach of somebody
    al alcance de alguien
    within the reach of the average family
    al alcance de la familia media
    within reach of something
    cerca de algo
    the house is within easy reach of the station
    la estación queda muy cerca de la casa
    la casa está muy bien ubicada con respecto a la estación
    out of or beyond reach
    fuera de su ( or mi etc. ) alcance
    keep medicines out of the reach of children put it out of or beyond her reach
    ponlo fuera de su alcance or donde no pueda alcanzarlo
    beyond the reach of the law
    fuera del alcance de la ley
    we were living out of or beyond reach of London
    Londres quedaba muy lejos de donde vivíamos
    1.3 (action) (no plural) she made a reach for the keys, but I got there first
    trató de agarrar las llaves pero yo me le adelanté
    trató de coger las llaves pero yo me le adelanté (esp Spain)
    Example sentences
    • She will play happily so long as the dolly is within her reach should she desire it.
    • I nearly slapped him, but he danced out of my reach before turning back.
    • That shocked me into action, and without thinking, I jumped away from his reach.
  • 2 countable (of river) the upper/lower reaches of the Clyde
    la cuenca alta/baja del Clyde
    Example sentences
    • It is designed to divert water from the upper reaches of the river to the northeast coast.
    • Some creeks or river reaches are fed by springs or groundwater seeps.
    • The dam is in Hubei province, to the east of Sichuan and Chongqing, and water flow has surged over warning levels after the upper reaches of the Yangtze River started flooding.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (with hand) I stood on a box to reach it
    me subí a una caja para alcanzarlo
    can you reach the top shelf?
    ¿alcanzas al estante de arriba?
    Example sentences
    • Unwittingly she slumped in the chair, her legs stretched out, and reached her hands out towards the fire for a bit of warmth.
    • He reached his hand out to me and stretched his arm around my waist, pulling me closer to him.
    • And he reaches his hands out and just touches a baby's face.
    1.2 (extend to)
    llegar a
    her feet didn't reach the floor
    los pies no le llegaban al suelo or hasta el suelo
    my daughter reaches my shoulder
    mi hija me llega al hombro or por el hombro
    mi hija me da por el hombro (Colombia)
    Example sentences
    • It is quite likely that you will not be able to reach, so hold on to a belt or towel instead.
    • To protect this greatest of treasures, it was placed where no ordinary human being would ever be able to reach.
    • But, being taller, he is nevertheless able to reach.
  • 2 2.1 (arrive at, come to)
    llegar a
    llegar a
    we'll reach France by dawn
    llegaremos a Francia antes de que amanezca
    the news reached his ears
    la noticia llegó a sus oídos
    the news reached her next day
    la noticia le llegó al día siguiente
    applications must reach us by …
    las solicitudes deben ser recibidas antes de …
    she's reached 21
    ha llegado a or ha cumplido los 21
    I've reached the point where I don't care any more
    he llegado a un punto en que ya me da igual
    inflation reached 30%
    la inflación alcanzó el 30% or llegó al 30%
    Example sentences
    • The two shipments known to have reached Scotland arrived by cargo vessel.
    • Upon reaching the bright blue door she opened it and went into a small central room, walking right up to the desk and meeting the secretary's eyes.
    • When finally reaching the front door of Jason's house she spoke.
    Example sentences
    • Unemployment and poverty have reached catastrophic levels, especially in the east of the country.
    • Water levels reached the critical point in the early hours, breaching flood defences.
    • In industrial areas and major cities, unemployment reached enormous levels.
    2.2 (achieve)
    llegar a
    I've reached the conclusion that …
    he llegado a la conclusión de que …
    Example sentences
    • It reflects even more on their achievement of reaching the final that they have done so without two of their most influential players.
    • Well done girls, it was a great achievement to reach a County Final.
    • It is hoped an agreement will be reached that is satisfactory to most people but there will complaints and criticism.
  • 3 3.1 (contact)
    contactar or ponerse en contacto con
    you can reach me at my hotel
    puede contactar conmigo or ponerse en contacto conmigo llamando a mi hotel
    where can I reach you?
    ¿dónde te puedo localizar or encontrar?
    ¿cómo puedo ponerme en contacto contigo?
    Example sentences
    • I have only been in contact with him by e-mail and my attempts to reach him by telephone have failed.
    • Attempts were made to reach her by telephone, so she changed her number.
    • He has no colleagues, only a contact, who reaches him through newspaper advertisements to pass on details of the next assignment.
    3.2 (gain access to)
    llegar a
    his works reach a very limited readership
    sus obras llegan a un número muy limitado de lectores
    the party is trying to reach the ethnic minorities
    el partido está tratando de ganarse a las minorías étnicas
    Example sentences
    • In previous times, radio was very local, but broadcasts now reach a national, even international audience.
    • An increasing proportion of commentators hardly ever write at all but occupy regular slots on radio or television, often reaching a much wider audience than any author could hope to.
    • Findings aired on all major television news stations, reaching an estimated total audience of 8,636,000.
    3.3 (bribe)
    Example sentences
    • Unfortunately, I doubt this message will reach those who are the real source of the problem.
    • The Nelson Mandela Foundation and I are convinced that his message will reach those most at risk of HIV.
    • First, movies serve as our most influential history teachers, reaching and swaying audiences that the professional historian cannot even dream of.
  • 4 (pass) to reach somebody something
    alcanzarle algo a alguien
    could you reach me down that book?
    ¿me puedes alcanzar or bajar ese libro?

intransitive verb

  • 1 (extend hand, arm) she reached into her pocket and took out a coin
    metió la mano en el bolsillo y sacó una moneda
    she reached across the table to shake hands
    me ( or le etc. ) tendió la mano desde el otro lado de la mesa
    to reach for somethingI reached for the phone
    traté de agarrar el teléfono
    traté de coger el teléfono (esp Spain)
    he reached for another chocolate
    alargó la mano para agarrar otro bombón
    alargó la mano para coger otro bombón (esp Spain)
    reach for the sky! (US)
    ¡manos arriba!
  • 2 (stretch far enough) I can't reach!
    ¡no alcanzo!
    ¡no llego!
    to reach to something
    alcanzar a or hasta algo
    she can only reach to the second shelf
    solo alcanza al or hasta el segundo estante
  • 3 (extend)
    the lake reaches as far as the border
    el lago llega or se extiende hasta la frontera
    his influence reaches down through the centuries
    su influencia se extiende a lo largo de los siglos
    the water reached (up) to our knees
    el agua nos llegaba hasta las rodillas
    her dress reached (down) to her ankles
    el vestido le llegaba a los tobillos

Phrasal verbs

reach out

1verb + adverb 1.1 (with hand)
alargar or extender la mano
to reach out for somethinghe reached out for the knife
alargó or extendió la mano para agarrar el cuchillo
alargó or extendió la mano para coger el cuchillo (esp Spain)
1.2 (with thoughts, emotions)to reach out for something/to somebodythey were reaching out for friendship
estaban tendiendo la mano en busca de amistad
to reach out to the poor and oppressed
tenderles la mano or tratar de llegar a los pobres y oprimidos
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
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