[ verb out-reech; noun, adjective out-reech ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to reach beyond; exceed: The demand has outreached our supply.

  2. Archaic. to reach out; extend.

verb (used without object)
  1. to reach out.

  1. an act or instance of reaching out.

  2. length or extent of reach.

  1. 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

Words Nearby outreach

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How to use outreach in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for outreach


  1. (tr) to surpass in reach

  2. (tr) to go beyond

  1. to reach or cause to reach out

  1. the act or process of reaching out

  2. the length or extent of reach

  1. social welfare any systematic effort to provide unsolicited and predefined help to groups or individuals deemed to need it

  2. (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 them: Compare detached (def. 3)

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