[verb out-reech; noun, adjective out-reech]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to reach out.
  1. an act or instance of reaching out.
  2. length or extent of reach.
  3. the act of extending services, benefits, etc., to a wider section of the population, as in community work.
  1. concerned with extending community services, benefits, etc.: an educational outreach program.

Origin of outreach

First recorded in 1560–70; out- + reach
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  • To fight is useless, for I have bowmen who can shoot you down and spears that can outreach you.

    The Wanderer's Necklace

    H. Rider Haggard

  • The inter-native trade does not amount to much, as in this direction the Indian can compete with and outreach even the German.

  • The small number of web surfers currently limits both their outreach and their survivability.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • We sacrifice much to gain wealth, but practically nothing to realize the outreach of our souls.

    The Victorious Attitude

    Orison Swett Marden

British Dictionary definitions for outreach


verb (ˌaʊtˈriːtʃ)
  1. (tr) to surpass in reach
  2. (tr) to go beyond
  3. to reach or cause to reach out
noun (ˈaʊtˌriːtʃ)
  1. the act or process of reaching out
  2. the length or extent of reach
  3. social welfare any systematic effort to provide unsolicited and predefined help to groups or individuals deemed to need it
  4. (modifier) (of welfare work or workers) propagating take-up of a service by seeking out appropriate people and persuading them to accept what is judged good for themCompare detached (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for outreach

"an organization's involvement in the community," 1870, from out + reach (v.). The verb (c.1400) tends to be used in literal senses.

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