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 a young actress whose ambition outreaches her talent, unfortunately Noun He is responsible for the campaign's outreach to college students.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This isn’t the first time Konnyu’s political ambitions have outreached his wallet, with fundraising woes cutting short his stated plans to challenge Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2018 and then-Lt. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Ernie Konnyu’s congressional run ends almost as soon as it started," 25 Aug. 2019 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 Despite the outreach to Vilsack, advisers say Bloomberg would not make a serious play for votes in Iowa and the other early states. Washington Post, "Bloomberg to pass on Iowa, NH, focus on Super Tuesday states," 9 Nov. 2019 The indictment does not name the official or say who directed the outreach to Stone. Ashraf Khalil, sun-sentinel.com, "Roger Stone leaves Day 1 of trial early over food poisoning," 5 Nov. 2019 While recent early state polls show Biden is slipping, the campaign remains focused on voter outreach, an official close to the Biden team tells CBS News campaign reporter Musadiq Bidar. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Judgment Day comes for Virginia Republicans," 5 Nov. 2019 There will be a day at Shanghai Disneyland which will include a community outreach, with players and coaches spending some time with underprivileged children, most likely from the Yao Ming Foundation. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Arizona State men's basketball off to China as part of school, Pac-12 global initiatives," 2 Nov. 2019 The outreach reflects the importance of black voters to any possible Hood victory. Fox News, "Trump rallies supporters in Mississippi after House impeachment probe vote, ahead of tight governor's race," 2 Nov. 2019 Yet, women who got the coordinated outreach (compared to other women who did not) were more likely to have left and been more involved in the prosecution of their abuser. Anne Deprince, The Conversation, "Don’t make intimate violence victims look for help – research shows they fare better when police and community organizations coordinate assistance," 1 Nov. 2019 But the city of San Antonio allocated $394,000 toward outreach, marketing and advertising for the 2020 Census during the 2019 fiscal year. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "Not counting people in 2020 Census could cost Texas millions," 11 Oct. 2019 In addition to educational outreach, Actors Theater of Minnesota is known for bringing cabaret and burlesque shows, open mics and small-stage theater to Camp Bar. Liv Martin, Twin Cities, "Camp Bar keeps the humor happening with Laugh Camp on weekends," 4 Oct. 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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“Outreach.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outreached. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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