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 fact, says Dr. O’Keefe, some of the funding to save the bats across the U.S. was specifically allocated to outreach efforts to engage and educate the public about the importance of bats. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Holy misdirected anger! Bats not to blame, say scientists.," 15 Sep. 2020 Latino activists in the state have been pressing the Biden campaign to do more outreach with Hispanic voters. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Biden is getting trounced with Cuban American voters in Florida, a trend that could tip the state to Trump," 15 Sep. 2020 Mayor Mary Casillas Salas said the city needs to do more outreach, particularly among minority communities. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Survey: 60 percent of Chula Vista’s small businesses may close forever due to COVID-19," 7 Sep. 2020 All proceeds will go to youth recreation programs and outreach efforts funded by the Elgin Parks and Recreation Foundation. Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, "Elgin beer-tasting fundraiser moves online but ticket holders get craft beer 6-pack to sample," 3 Sep. 2020 Wallen did outreach work for the homeless at St. Olaf Catholic Church downtown, helping to pick up furniture or anything that could be sold for or given to people who were trying to establish their homes. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, "Robert Wallin, WWII veteran and generous volunteer, dies at 93," 31 Aug. 2020 Raza Development Fund and South Phoenix Collaborative, which backed the project, conducted pre-development studies, environmental surveys, did community outreach and drew up plans. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, "New developer throws vision for south Phoenix cultural plaza into limbo," 27 Aug. 2020 Coston wrote newspaper columns for Indianapolis News, encouraging Black women’s clubs to do community outreach to spread word of the importance of universal suffrage. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "'Black history is American history': How Black Hoosiers contributed to suffrage movement," 27 Aug. 2020 After Obama secured the presidential nomination, his campaign enlisted Romo to help with veterans outreach. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: San Antonio’s most loyal Biden supporter encouraged by convention," 23 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Oregon, the state has pumped $7.7 million into education and outreach for the 2020 Census in hopes of securing those federal dollars. Brian Bull, oregonlive, "COVID-19 complicates tribes’ efforts to complete Census counts," 5 Sep. 2020 Apart from the endorsements and outreach, the campaign is blitzing the airwaves in Arizona. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "After the political conventions, Trump and Biden are poised for Arizona slugfest," 30 Aug. 2020 Erik Salna is associate director for education and outreach at the International Hurricane Research Center at Florida International University. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Hurricane Laura packs the strongest winds the region has ever seen — but that's not the biggest threat," 27 Aug. 2020 The institute, currently closed to visitors, is working to raise $750,000 by the end of 2020 to keep its education, research and outreach programs active. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Regions makes $75,000 grant to Birmingham Civil Rights Institute," 24 Aug. 2020 Leticia Van de Putte, a former Democratic state senator and a board member at the foundation, said the poll shows campaigns need to devote more time and outreach to Hispanics. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Poll: Texas Hispanics favor Joe Biden, but Donald Trump still leads statewide electorate in presidential race," 17 Aug. 2020 With their May 14 show, the veteran singers raised more than $230,000 that will be distributed to 50 groups to deal with food security, environmental protection, sustainable agriculture, education, outreach, arts, culture and other needs. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Indigo Girls donate to eight Indigenous organizations in Minnesota," 7 Aug. 2020 Dana Dierkes, the park’s chief of interpretation, education and outreach, tells me that concerted efforts to clear the park’s northern flood plain of lesser celandine have succeeded in returning native flora there. Washington Post, "Like a virus, weeds seize any opportunity to spread — and this summer, they’re ferocious," 5 Aug. 2020 Our mission is to positively impact the lives of individuals and contribute to the betterment of communities through education, service, and outreach. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Julia Carter on why diversity in casting matters," 5 Aug. 2020

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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 1 Oct. 2020.

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: the activity or process of bringing information or services to people

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