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reach someone

1. Lit. to travel up to or as far as someone. Iran until I reached her just in time to save her from going over the cliff.
2. Fig. to manage to be understood by someone; to have one's message appreciated by someone. If we could only reach them with our message, we might be able to convince them to stay in school.
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Reaching movements made by patients with left-hemisphere damage are markedly disorganized, Goodale points out; reaches made by patients with right-hemisphere lesions are comparable to those of healthy controls, although the former group takes much longer to initiate a reach.