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Reach, subst. 1) the sphere to which an agency or a power is limited: the moral of my wit is '“plain and true'; there's all the r. of it,” Troil. IV, 4, 110. “not to strain my speech to grosser issues nor to larger r. than to suspicion,” Oth. III, 3, 219. Preceded by above, beyond, from, out of: “above the r. and compass of thy thought,” H6B I, 2, 46. “advanced above pale envy's threatening r.” Tit. II, 1, 4. “beyond the infinite and boundless r. of mercy art thou damned,” John IV, 3, 117. “to shake our disposition with thoughts beyond the --es of our souls,” Hml. I, 4, 56. “from forth thy r. he would have laid thy shame,” R2 II, 1, 106. “from the r. of hell,” R3 IV, 1, 43. “from the r. of these my hands,” Rom. III, 5, 86. “out of his envy's r.” Merch. IV, 1, 10.
2) power or means of attainment or contrivance, ability: “we of wisdom and of r.” Hml. II, 1, 64.
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