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Raught \Raught\ (r[add]t), obs. imp. & p. p. of Reach.


Raught \Raught\, obs. imp. & p. p. of Reck.


Reach \Reach\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reached (r[=e]cht) ( Raught, the old preterit, is obsolete); p. pr. & vb. n. Reaching.] [OE. rechen, AS. r[=ae]can, r[=ae]cean, to extend, stretch out; akin to D. reiken, G. reichen, and possibly to AS. r[=i]ce powerful, rich, E. rich. [root]115.]

  1. To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like.

    Her tresses yellow, and long straughten, Unto her heeles down they raughten.
    --Rom. of R.

    Reach hither thy hand and thrust it into my side.
    --John xx. 27.

    Fruit trees, over woody, reached too far Their pampered boughs.

  2. Hence, to deliver by stretching out a member, especially the hand; to give with the hand; to pass to another; to hand over; as, to reach one a book.

    He reached me a full cup.
    --2 Esd. xiv. 39.

  3. To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; to extend some part of the body, or something held by one, so as to touch, strike, grasp, or the like; as, to reach an object with the hand, or with a spear.

    O patron power, . . . thy present aid afford, Than I may reach the beast.

  4. To strike, hit, or touch with a missile; as, to reach an object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell.

  5. Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as.

    If these examples of grown men reach not the case of children, let them examine.

  6. To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent; as, his land reaches the river.

    Thy desire . . . leads to no excess That reaches blame.

  7. To arrive at; to come to; to get as far as.

    Before this letter reaches your hands.

  8. To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to.

    The best account of the appearances of nature which human penetration can reach, comes short of its reality.

  9. To understand; to comprehend. [Obs.]

    Do what, sir? I reach you not.
    --Beau. & Fl.

  10. To overreach; to deceive. [Obs.]


Etymology 1 vb. (context obsolete English) (en-past of: reach) Etymology 2

vb. (context obsolete English) (en-past of: reck)

Usage examples of "raught".

When she raught me looking, she quickly redirected her gaze to the floor and conjured up an expression of steely determination.

Fight, teach, reach, seek, beseech, catch, buy, bring, think, work, make fought, taught, raught, sought, besought, caught, bought, brought, thought, wrought.