The next word in our vocabulary boost series is REACH. REACH is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of arrive, attain, succeed, achieve, stretch or make contact with. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using REACH.

As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.


Reach can be a synonym of arrive at. Study these phrases.

I arrived at my destination around 5pm.

I reached my destination at about 5 pm.



To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Reach a point

Reach a conclusion

Reach a goal

Reach an aim

Reach an age

Reach a destination

Reach for something

Reach the top/bottom

Reach the floor/roof

Reach the time

Reach for the stars

Reach a verdict

Reach a place = reach home

Reach one´s limits

Reach by telephone

Beyond someone´s reach


Phrasal verbs:

They learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)

Reach out = try to grab

He reached out and tried to catch the call

Reach out to = try to make contact with

In a desperate attempt to reach out to her, I bought her a gift

Reach down = pick up from the floor

They reached down and tried to get the thing off the floor

Reach for = try to stretch to

I couldn´t get to it so I reached for a stick to help me move it closer

Reach down = crouch down to pick up

The girl reached down to retrieve her umbrella from the floor

Reach across = try to take something from the other side

I had to reach across the table because my brother would not pass me the peas

Reach into = try to get something out of a place

I reached into my pocked to get my wallet out




To learn how to use REACH you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.

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