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

Nimer said Sylvester’s outreach efforts to prevent cancer in specific local communities impressed NCI. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Sylvester Center’s new designation comes with big benefits for cancer patients," 29 July 2019 In San Francisco, outreach teams often have nothing to offer homeless people because all shelters and treatment slots are full. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Welcome home: Trips abroad put San Francisco’s chaotic streets in perspective," 13 July 2019 That money pays for preventative health care programs, such as Multnomah County’s walk-in clinics and crisis outreach teams, helping people avoid costly stays in jails and psychiatric hospitals, Meieran said in an interview. oregonlive.com, "Multnomah County leader calls planned state mental health cuts ‘devastating’," 21 June 2019 City officials said homeless people who opt in to the program will complete an assessment with an outreach team, receive a referral to shelters or other services, and have their summonses cleared in coordination with the MTA. Ben Chapman, WSJ, "Homeless Found Breaking Laws on New York Subway to Be Referred to Social Services," 13 June 2019 Under the effort, city officials say, police officers who come into contact with someone experiencing homelessness, can contact outreach teams to intervene. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "'Homelessness is not a crime,' say advocates who protested in Phoenix," 12 June 2019 Coming upon an encampment hidden behind the brush off 54th Street, the outreach team experienced the challenge that often comes with an initial meeting. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Program hiring homeless for tash pickup expands," 11 June 2019 Five deputy sheriff positions from the homeless outreach team would be removed, reducing the number of deputies assigned to the team by half, according to the budget. sacbee, "Funds to fix ‘inhumane’ jail conditions added in Sacramento County’s $4.4 billion budget plan," 4 June 2019 Thursday’s show, the first of 13 exclusives this season, then, is baseball outreach wrapped in a broadcasting experiment inside a business deal. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "What to Expect from YouTube's Exclusive Live MLB Game Broadcast," 18 July 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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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