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

The public health department has sent notifications to schools and hospitals with large Orthodox Jewish populations, done outreach, and placed ads and distributed posters in Orthodox papers in both Yiddish and English. Julia Belluz, Vox, "New York’s Orthodox Jewish community is battling measles outbreaks. Vaccine deniers are to blame.," 9 Nov. 2018 At a news conference this week, Pfleger said the group does outreach to victims and perpetrators of violence. Elvia Malagon, chicagotribune.com, "Anti-violence protesters to shut down Dan Ryan expressway Saturday: 5 things to know," 6 July 2018 Lee said police are still doing public outreach to raise awareness on preventing vehicle burglaries. Rafael Guerrero, Naperville Sun, "Naperville car burglaries more than doubled in June vs. same month last year," 3 July 2018 Glendale also contracted with the Phoenix Rescue Mission to do outreach to the homeless, said Nathan Smith, the non-profit's community engagement director. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "West Valley leans on Phoenix for help with rising homeless population," 1 July 2018 Because the man doing the outreach and negotiating is Donald J. Trump. Fox News, "Woolsey: Trump keeps the North Koreans off balance," 12 June 2018 Keenan said his department has done much outreach and has good relations with the Asian community. Jill Terreri Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Trying for diversity, city police still fall short," 9 June 2018 The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Iowa has been doing outreach on the law for several months around the state. Barbara Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Iowa primary marks statewide test for new voter ID law," 3 June 2018 Instead of going to the White House, the Warriors spent their trip to Washington in February doing community outreach by taking local children to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "The Eagles Will Visit the White House After All," 17 May 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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