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

Verb The singer's talent outreaches the dull songs she is asked to perform. Noun He is responsible for the campaign's outreach to college students.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In addition to outreach and events, this means fostering mentorships for Black and brown youths. Brad Japhe, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Aug. 2021 For the four sites under consideration, the city will conduct community outreach at the end of August. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Aug. 2021 The third significant recommendation calls on lawmakers to commission a study to examine the types of disclosures to be required in online campaign advertising and to conduct broad community outreach to learn what voters want from the project. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2021 Schools are having to do more outreach, more knocking on doors; the website needs better communications strategies to allay those fears that parents have. Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 Opening up vaccination to all comers will only go so far if the state doesn’t do outreach to populations that are hesitant or having difficulty registering online. Eric Stirgus, ajc, 24 Mar. 2021 To help with coordination and education around the rollout, the state health department is seeking grant proposals for CDC funding for community groups to do outreach around vaccines. al, 16 Mar. 2021 Her experience growing up ignited a desire to do community outreach and work to get more teens to use the library. Natalia E. Contreras, The Indianapolis Star, 22 July 2021 The burden ends up falling largely on Indigenous nonprofits to provide interpreter services and do outreach during emergencies such as wildfires and the pandemic. Leila Miller Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For Democrats in California, that outreach to voters -- from door knocking to text messaging to phone banking -- was important as the state heads into a midterm election where a handful of congressional races could be hotly contested. Dan Merica, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 Traditional media outreach is not the only way to achieve media attention. Jennifer Acree, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Social outreach has also been an important aspect of the mission. Wendy Whitman Cobb, The Conversation, 10 Sep. 2021 This outreach is commendable and should be reciprocated by other countries in the region. Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 Technology is primed for candidate outreach, particularly for younger jobseekers. Adam Lewis, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Tamara Rasberry, deputy secretary of state for voter outreach and education, said the most difficult part of running the election has been combating misinformation. Matthew Reagan, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Sep. 2021 In addition to supporting vaccination sites, the money can be used for outreach to encourage people to get a shot. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021 To bolster the response rate, the Michigan Legislature allocated $16 million for census outreach. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 14 Aug. 2021

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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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“Outreach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outreach. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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