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

transitive verb

: to surpass in reach
: exceed
the demand outreaches the supply
: to get the better of by trickery

intransitive verb

: to go too far
: to reach out


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out·​reach ˈau̇t-ˌrēch How to pronounce outreach (audio)
: the act of reaching out
: the extent or limit of reach
the outreach of the Ohio floods Clifton Johnson
: the extending of services or assistance beyond current or usual limits
an outreach program
also : the extent of such services or assistance

Example Sentences

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
The direct outreach over Griner is at odds with U.S. efforts to isolate the Kremlin. Jim Heintz, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2022 The direct outreach over Griner is at odds with U.S. efforts to isolate the Kremlin. CBS News, 4 Aug. 2022 This outreach is where his grandmother James would donate her time and energy to provide food to the homeless or anyone in need. Yolanda Baruch, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 According to a 2022 D.C. Office of Planning Food Policy Division report about seniors’ food insecurity, the outreach to attract new enrollees to the programs is insufficient. Vanessa G. Sánchez, Washington Post, 26 June 2022 But the outreach goes even farther than our community. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2022 Throughout the year, the Autry also presents a wide range of public events and programs—including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family activities, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 Yet my colleagues and I have been encouraged by how the most at-risk communities have responded to this outreach and acted on recommendations. Ashwin Vasan, STAT, 10 Nov. 2022 As The Post has reported, the Biden administration’s outreach to Ukraine on peace talks has included a request for officials there to drop their public refusal to negotiate with Russia’s leader, President Vladimir Putin. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


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


1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outreach was circa 1568

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“Outreach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outreach. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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