out·reach | \ ˌau̇t-ˈrēch \
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 \

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

Last year, health officials halved the length of the annual sign-up period for Americans to buy ACA health plans and also slashed by 90 percent the federal funds for advertising and other outreach efforts to urge people to enroll. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Trump administration takes another major swipe at the Affordable Care Act," 7 July 2018 Pasadena Sportfishing Group already hosts youth fishing derbies twice a year, as well as other outreach efforts to introduce people of all ages to the sport. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Anne Arundel pilot project to loan fishing gear from libraries generates reel interest," 5 July 2018 The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through 8 p.m. Monday, and the City of Philadelphia has issued a code red, triggering special outreach efforts to help the homeless stay safe. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "Philly braces for a sweltering Fourth of July week," 1 July 2018 The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office on Friday announced the start of an outreach effort for people under 21 to have their records of low-level offenses expunged. Marc Freeman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Prosecutor offering teens a way to get rid of criminal records," 22 June 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had shuttled back and forth between Washington and Pyongyang since April, looking to persuade the isolated North Korean leader to accept outreach efforts from both Mr. Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Says He’ll Know If North Korean Summit Will Succeed ‘Within the First Minute’," 9 June 2018 Around 1,000 people have been treated for a mental-health problem, many referred by these outreach efforts. The Economist, "Grenfell’s long shadow," 9 June 2018 One of the organizations is the Truth Initiative, which has long engaged in similar outreach efforts regarding tobacco use. Lev Facher, STAT, "Crashing cars into walls, breaking hands with hammers: How the White House is warning against opioids," 7 June 2018 Coffee with the Clerks is an outreach effort between the Porter County Auditor’s Office and local clerk-treasurers, school and library fiscal officers, and other local government leaders. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 6 June 2018

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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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