Translation of reach in Spanish:


alcance, n.

Pronunciation /ritʃ/ /riːtʃ/

See Spanish definition of alcance


  • 1

    • 1.1(distance)

      alcance masculine
      to have a long reach tener buen alcance

    • 1.2(action)

      she made a reach for the keys, but I got there first trató de agarrar las llaves pero yo me le adelanté
      • 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.
      • He tried pushing her away but she jumped out of his reach.
      • The figure kept, exasperatingly, just out of their reach, always a pace ahead of them.
      • The containers should be placed out of the reach of children and should not be overfilled.
      • At last it was me who ended the kiss, stepped backward, out of her reach.
      • You can also request that all the outlets and switches be installed at a height above the reach of the average toddler.

  • 2

    (of river)
    tramo masculine
    the upper/lower reaches of the Clyde la cuenca alta/baja del Clyde
    • 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.
    • The ‘wild’ fish stocks now originate almost entirely from man-made fish nurseries in the upper reaches of the rivers.
    • Most of my winter chub fishing experience over the past fifty or more years has been gained mainly on small rivers or the upper reaches of the bigger rivers.
    • Some press statements have given the location of the fish as coming from the upper reaches of the river Ribble.
    • The first two weeks of 1766 they were on the upper reaches of the river, pressing south as far as the northwest corner of the present Brevard County.
    • The immediate cause of the flooding is put down to heavy rainfalls earlier in the year in the upper reaches of the Mekong River system.
    • There's a sign on Weston Road stating the town was established in 1796, although then it was not much more than a few buildings around the mill on the upper reaches of the Humber River.
    • He said that on the one hand, increased plantation along the upper reaches of rivers contributed to better protection of the environment.
    • At Tim's house, a remote fishing lodge on the upper reaches of the river, the coracles were carried down to the water's edge.
    • The walk passes through beautiful beech forest and follows the upper reaches of the Makarora River.
    • On a soft grey day I thought it would be nice to trace the upper reaches of the River Derwent deep into the great forests west of Scarborough.
    • The primary example of this habitat occurs along the upper reaches of Accokeek Creek and its maze of tributaries.
    • Although it counts as a sea fish, the lamprey goes up rivers to spawn and is indeed most often met in estuaries or the lower reaches of rivers.
    • The upper reaches of these lower tributaries are undammed and of moderate flow, with gravel/cobble substrate and only occasional sand bars.
    • More than 1,000 families along the middle reaches of the river were affected by rising water.
    • One goal was to return fish to traditional spawning grounds in the upper reaches of the Clearwater tributaries, strengthening natural fish runs.
    • In the upper reaches of the Amazonian rain forest are strange areas, sometimes the size of a football field, in which grows only one kind of small tree.
    • If the river bed through York was dredged to a depth of a further 10 ft, as fast as any substrate is taken out the hole will fill with water which is continually flowing in from the upper reaches.

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?
      • 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.
      • He reaches his hand out to me and invites me to sit in the spa room with him away from the noise of the video.
      • When the song is over I reach my hand out and say, ‘Nice set, James,’ touching him on the shoulder.
      • I reach my arm out, place my fingers on the engine-off switch, and hesitate.
      • He nodded and reached his hand out as I sat down between his outstretched legs and leaned back against his chest.
      • And she smiled, reaching her arms out to me in love.
      • He sighed, closing his eyes and reaching his arms out in front of him.
      • ‘Sorry I'm so late,’ she apologized, balancing her books in her hands, reaching her note out for Mr. Burrows to grab.
      • ‘My name's Trevor,’ he said, reaching his hand out for a shake.
      • ‘Watch your step,’ Shayla said, reaching her hand out to catch him.
      • The president smiled, reaching his hand out for the phone.
      • I walked towards the tiger, reaching my hand out to touch it.
      • Gracie smiled a genuine smile, reaching her hand out for a handshake.
      • Unconsciously, she slowly began to lean forward, reaching her hand out towards his face.
      • He moved closer, reaching his hand out to move the branches aside to see if anyone was hiding in the bush.
      • I walked towards it, slowly, reaching my hand out to grasp onto the brass doorknob.
      • Christopher took a step forward, reaching his hand out for her before he could catch himself.
      • Will, who walked in front of her, reaching his hand out, suddenly blocked her view.

    • 1.2(extend to)

      llegar a
      her feet didn't reach the floor los pies no le llegaban al suelo / hasta el suelo
      • my daughter reaches my shoulder mi hija me llega al hombro / por el hombro
      • 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.
      • Just as she got to the annoying one in the middle that she could hardly reach, another pair of hands buttoned it for her.

  • 2

    • 2.1(arrive at, come to)

      (destination/recipient/limit) llegar a
      (stage/figure) llegar a
      (stage/figure) alcanzar
      we'll reach France by dawn llegaremos a Francia antes de que amanezca
      • 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 / 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% / llegó al 30%
      • 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.
      • Unemployment reached the highest levels since the 1930s.
      • Depending on how tobacco is taken, nicotine can reach peak levels in the bloodstream and brain rapidly.
      • After a certain time and a certain growth-rate peak, you reach a point of diminishing returns.
      • Crime in the area has fallen dramatically as the number of police officers reaches record levels, new figures show today.
      • It proved to be extremely difficult to reach the levels of the previous agreement.
      • When he reached his early 40s, driving a car became difficult and dangerous.
      • In some instances the commission reached a hundred thousand dollars.
      • 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.
      • Jane jumped up from her chair and tried to keep Kathleen from reaching Mr. Collins' door, but it was no use.
      • She followed the hallway, till she reached the familiar wooden door of his study.
      • She reached the yellow front door and turned to look at the view from there.
      • He walked down the hall after her; she reached her door as he reached his.
      • He remembered the way to her ward well enough, he ran past all the closed doors until he reached hers.
      • Once they reached the door Kara stopped as Robin opened it and started to go outside.
      • It didn't take them long to reach the huge double doors at the end of the hallway.
      • I continued down the hall until I reached the first open door and cautiously peered inside.
      • He was eventually told that we had arrived at Tripoli but we still could not reach Accra until the next day at the earliest.
      • It was hard to say exactly when snow would reach York tomorrow, but it was expected to arrive by late morning or early afternoon.
      • They passed down a long leaky corridor before reaching a heavily locked door at the other end.
      • He reached another locked door and he knew that beyond it lay the set of rooms that he had been searching for.
      • The Portugese were the first Europeans to reach the Cape of Good Hope, arriving in 1488.
      • They will then head for South Korea the same day and are expected to reach Seoul early Thursday.
      • The early European navigators arriving in South America, believed they had reached the Earthly Paradise.
      • He and two others then made the first crossing of that island, eventually reaching the Stromness whaling-station in the early afternoon of May 20, 1916.
      • I flew out to Rome in the early hours of Tuesday 5 April, reaching the Vatican by about 2pm to join the masses of people queuing to pay their respects.

    • 2.2(achieve)

      (agreement/compromise) llegar a
      (agreement/compromise) alcanzar
      I've reached the conclusion that … he llegado a la conclusión de que …
      • 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.
      • A satisfactory agreement had been reached as a result of his intervention.
      • Apparently, the two parties could not reach a mutually satisfying agreement on a new deal.
      • They succeeded in reaching an agreement on January 25.
      • Mr Anderson says he's hopeful an agreement can be reached at the next meeting on June 25.
      • The government tried to get the mine owners and mineworkers to hold a conference, but no agreement could be reached.
      • A compromise measure will probably be reached at a joint conference in the fall.
      • An agreement has to be reached by the end of February in order to meet government deadlines.
      • However, it took a whole day for agreement to be reached on this issue alone and some negotiators now fear that time is running out.
      • The land was outside the developer's control, but he was encouraged to believe an agreement might be reached with the landowner.
      • The estate agent is reasonably confident that some agreement can be reached, although how long it'll take I don't know.
      • He went on to summarise the areas on which agreement had been reached at the public meeting of August 17.
      • Agreement has also been reached between the two parties on the building of new roads leading to the stadium and the Trafford Centre.
      • He added that agreement had been reached on the design of the junction.
      • The company is in discussions with British-based investors and expects an agreement to be reached in the next few weeks.
      • It's how he has been able to reach and maintain the highest standards in his products over the last 25 years.
      • But a spokesman for the Mayor's office explained no decision had yet been reached although one was due next month.
      • The album doesn't reach its true potential due to a lack of cohesion and stability.

  • 3

    • 3.1(contact)

      contactar con
      ponerse en contacto con
      you can reach me at my hotel puede contactar conmigo / ponerse en contacto conmigo llamando a mi hotel
      • where can I reach you? ¿dónde te puedo localizar / encontrar?
      • 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.
      • It took about half an hour to reach Catherine on the phone - with all the people down there the networks must have been overloaded.
      • After a sleepless night, I managed to reach her in the morning and she confirmed that I was about to be sacked.
      • I tried to reach him by phone, and usually his trading department picks up the phone on the first or second ring.
      • Either way, it's irrelevant, because there's a digital phone that they can reach me on too.
      • He says he tried to reach someone on the phone for elaboration, but had no luck.
      • So when I finally arrived to Terminal 1 my mom was already on the phone trying to reach me on my cell.
      • Meanwhile all electricity is off there, and I can't reach anyone via phone.
      • I'm betting someone who reads this site knows how to reach her and can send me the contact information to pass on.
      • That was the last time I ever talked to him, and the last time we could ever reach him by phone or any other way.
      • Endeavour to give me your private telephone and fax numbers so that I can reach you anytime.
      • It's actually a good thing because it means people cannot reach me in the evenings when all they have is a mobile phone number.
      • If you need to contact me, you'll be able to reach me on my cell phone.
      • He was running in and out of the building, tending to the injured, when his father Kenneth reached him on his cell phone.
      • He explains that the phone is new and mainly for his family to reach him.
      • I want to be like that bloke who doesn't have a phone, and if you want to reach him, you have to fax his mother.
      • If you wish to reach someone in particular, here's a list of people involved with the production of the newspaper and this site.
      • Dean has been able to reach more people at a faster rate and at a lower cost than the traditional direct mail approach.

    • 3.2(gain access to)

      (public/audience) 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
      • 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.
      • He was stirred by Charles de Gaulle's broadcasts on behalf of the French resistance, which were reaching Martinique from neighbouring islands.
      • This additional communication will ensure that the show reaches the widest possible audience.
      • One side effect of the heightened interest in health issues is that medical studies in specialist publications now reach a wider public.
      • His show reaches some 20 million viewers a week, and his books are megasellers.

    • 3.3(bribe)

      • 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.
      • They hope that their message of tolerance will reach those who lack awareness in such matters.
      • Our longer term aim is for our message to reach each and every person in this country.
      • I only think it could have done a better job reaching those who are not already sold on the message.
      • I also never got the impression that any of this is about him in any other sense than him looking to reach those who need to see this message.
      • An inciter is one who reaches and seeks to influence the mind of another by suggestion, request, proposal, argument, persuasion or inducement.
      • It's vital that our marketing has effective strategies for reaching all of these audiences.

  • 4

    to reach sb sth alcanzarle algo a algn
    • could you reach me down that book? ¿me puedes alcanzar / bajar ese libro?

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (extend hand, arm)
    to reach for sth
    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
  • 2

    (stretch far enough)
    to reach to sth alcanzar a / hasta algo
    I can't reach! ¡no alcanzo!
  • 3

    the lake reaches as far as the border el lago llega / 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