reach toward (someone or something)

reach toward (someone or something)

1. To extend or stretch one's hands out in the direction of someone or something. I reached toward the sky to show the officer that I was unarmed. The patient reached toward the nurse, begging her for a glass of water.
2. To extend or stretch something out in the direction of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "reach" and "toward." He reached his hand toward the foreign dignitary in a gesture of peace and friendship. I began reaching the branch toward the bees' nest try to knock it down from the roof of the porch.
See also: reach, toward

reach toward someone or something

to aim one's reach to someone or something. Sam reached toward Walter and took hold of his shoulder. He reached toward the apple but withdrew his hand when he saw it was rotten.
See also: reach, toward