out·​reach | \ ˌau̇t-ˈrēch How to pronounce outreach (audio) \
outreached; outreaching; outreaches

Definition of outreach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to surpass in reach
b : exceed the demand outreaches the supply
2 : to get the better of by trickery

intransitive verb

1 : to go too far
2 : to reach out


out·​reach | \ ˈau̇t-ˌrēch How to pronounce outreach (audio) \

Definition of outreach (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of reaching out
2 : the extent or limit of reach the outreach of the Ohio floods— Clifton Johnson
3 : the extending of services or assistance beyond current or usual limits an outreach program also : the extent of such services or assistance

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Examples of outreach in a Sentence


a young actress whose ambition outreaches her talent, unfortunately


He is responsible for the campaign's outreach to college students.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The open site status allows us to outreach our service to more Crosby students district-wide. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Local school districts to help provide free meals to kids through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program," 13 June 2018 Throughout her career, Hobson has made financial literacy and community outreach a priority. Jonathan Sperling, Fortune, "Mellody Hobson Will Become Starbucks Vice Chair After Howard Schultz Departure," 5 June 2018 Currently in the midst of a capital campaign, planning, and community outreach the two founders hope to open as soon as next year. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "A historic home, rebooted as an incubator for women of color who code," 22 Mar. 2018 Despite an initially strong pace in signups, the enrollment numbers were widely expected to drop compared with last year given the constant political turmoil over the law and the Trump administration’s cuts to outreach funding. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: The Art of Aiming, Apple Watch EKG, Obamacare Signups," 22 Dec. 2017 This was especially the case when Melania wouldn’t take the president’s outreached hand as the two deplaned at the airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Pope Francis asks Melania Trump if she feeds cake to President Trump," 24 May 2017 More recently, the church has played host to outreach workers from Catholic Charities, the boots-on-the-ground branch of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "'I consider you family': In tornado's wake, New Orleans East neighbors band together," 15 June 2017 While Rouhani has broad support among moderates and others seeking further openings in Iranian policies from social codes to outreach with the West. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Iranians vote for president, with the nuclear deal and economy on their minds," 19 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

People Assisting the Homeless received $743,000, which regional director Jonathan Castillo said will be used to expand its outreach effort to areas beyond downtown. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "$8 million allocated for homeless programs countywide," 27 June 2019 Social media campaigns, new online platforms and other outreach efforts are raising the cost of campaigns. And, Cincinnati.com, "More woes for United Way: Why is the agency spending more money and raising less?," 26 June 2019 With the 2020 census nine months away, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order Thursday creating an office designated to help with statewide outreach efforts. Elvia Malagón, chicagotribune.com, "Gov. Pritzker creates office, advisory panel dedicated to 2020 census outreach," 20 June 2019 The competition is part of Ford's community outreach effort since its purchase of Michigan Central Depot and announcing plans to invest $740 million to restore it. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "Ford announces $250K competition to fix Detroit mobility issues," 20 June 2019 Many of the conference attendees regretted the lack of Druze presence, vowing to begin outreach efforts in earnest. Josh Adler, National Geographic, "Making peace in the Golan Heights—between humans and wolves," 11 Apr. 2019 The gift will establish endowed funds that will help create internship opportunities in the entertainment industry, scholarships, lecture series, professorships and a community outreach program. Carlos De Loera, latimes.com, "$50 million donation to UCLA, USC and Michigan from Mitchell Trusts aims to diversify arts and entertainment programs," 20 June 2019 The outreach program is done in conjunction with the Credit Union League and the Western Bankers Association. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "DA announces outreach effort on financial ripoffs of elderly," 18 June 2019 Her organization functions in several states and puts on outreach programs during large events, like Super Bowls and political conferences, which often attract traffickers. Andrew Keiper, Fox News, "Human trafficking victims depend on advocacy groups to bridge the gap to survival," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of outreach


circa 1568, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outreach

: the activity or process of bringing information or services to people

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