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Reach, vb. (impf. “raught:” LLL IV, 2, 41. H5 IV, 6, 21. H6C I, 4, 68. Partic. “raught:” H6B II, 3, 43. Ant. IV, 9, 30. “reached:” Oth. I, 2, 24) 1) trans. a) to attain, to touch, to arrive at: “wilt thou r. stars, because they shine on thee?” Gent. III, 1, 156. if my royal fox could r. them (grapes) All's II, 1, 75. “they should not laugh if I could r. them,” Wint. II, 3, 25. “this staff of honour raught,” H6B II, 3, 43. what envy (can) “r. you?” H8 II, 2, 89. “as proud a fortune as this that I have --ed,” Oth. I, 2, 24. “the hand of death hath raught him,” Ant. IV, 9, 30. “which, without desert, because thine eye presumes to r.” Per. I, 1, 33. when canst thou r. it (Tyre)? III, 1, 76.
b) to extend, to stretch out, to hand: “raught me his hand,” H5 IV, 6, 21. Tit. II, 3, 237. “he shall r. his branches to all the plains about him,” H8 V, 5, 54. “r. a chair,” IV, 2, 3.
2) intr. a) to stretch out the hand in order to touch or attain a thing: “one may r. deep enough and yet find little,” Tim. III, 4, 15. With at: “to r. at victory above my head,” R2 I, 3, 72. “r. at the glorious gold,” H6B I, 2, 11. “--es at the moon,” III, 1, 158. “raught at mountains,” H6C I, 4, 68. “a black Ethiope --ing at the sun,” Per. II, 2, 20.
b) to be extended enough, to have the power of touching or attaining a thing: “great men have --ing hands,” H6B IV, 7, 86. “I cannot r. so high,” Gent. I, 2, 87 (double meaning). “my arm --eth from the English court as far as Calais,” R2 IV, 12. it (his sword) “--es far,” H8 I, 1, 111. With to, == to extend to, to attain to, to amount to: “raught not to five weeks,” LLL IV, 2, 41. “my nails can r. unto thine eyes,” Mids. III, 2, 298. “what may the king's whole battle r. unto?” H4A IV, 1, 129. “another close intent which I must r. unto,” R3 I, 1, 159. “to me you cannot r.” H8 V, 3, 126.
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