Definition of outreach in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The extent or length of reaching out.

    ‘the loving outreach of God to the world’
    • ‘But we should be worried about this, at least if we're to be measured by our impact and outreach.’
    • ‘She's building her editorial advisory board on the same foundation, choosing as many well-respected, diverse scientists as possible so that her outreach is broad.’
    1. 1.1An organization's involvement with or influence in the community, especially in the context of religion or social welfare.
      ‘the growth of evangelistic outreach’
      [as modifier] ‘outreach centres’
      • ‘These interviewees suggested enrollment outreach efforts at the community and state level.’
      • ‘This community outreach project allowed development of confidence in working with actual patients and enhanced professionalism.’
      • ‘The cooperative maintains a reputation for excellent customer service and has received several recognition awards for its community outreach efforts.’
      • ‘Hopefully, new outreach education efforts will keep things that way.’
      • ‘Contact an officer or other member of your local section to explore areas of interest to you - ranging from committee involvement to community outreach programs and more.’
      • ‘The music centre is also involved in two major outreach projects, working with more than 400 disabled people a year to help them compose and perform songs, as well as offering them the chance to make new friends and build confidence.’
      • ‘This study's focus on community outreach contexts and its accompanying outcomes made social comparison processes especially salient.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the Church Commissioners said the money saved on the salaries would be refocused into community outreach and missionary work.’
      • ‘Contracts may also help ensure the success of your community outreach activities, not to mention the continued success of your own business.’
      • ‘It is also involved in education and community outreach workshops.’
      • ‘In community outreach contexts, client groups are potential targets of intergroup comparison.’
      • ‘They plan to show all the Bard's plays in York over the next 20 years, as well as start up an educational and community outreach programme of workshops.’
      • ‘It included funds to be directed at additional teachers, out-of-school activities, homework clubs and community outreach activities.’
      • ‘Project ideas include educational workshops, community outreach and education opportunities, master classes, seminars and clinics.’
      • ‘This community outreach effort goes on informally between our scheduled interventions.’
      • ‘For this reason, it has convened a steering committee to organize education and outreach efforts at the state level.’
      • ‘Mental health professionals who had established an innovative version of community outreach services after the war brought us to him.’
      • ‘There is an interactive history and an extensive examination of Australian religious identity, practices, beliefs and organisations of outreach and welfare.’
      • ‘It has a greater internal focus and relatively less involvement in social outreach than the others.’
      • ‘At the same time, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has stepped up efforts aimed at education and community outreach.’


  • 1 Reach further than.

    ‘their pack outreached and outwitted the Welsh team’
    • ‘Though many of the songs sound deceptively simple at first, a closer listen proves that the songs are lyrically brilliant, and the tunes show a maturity that far outreaches his 21 years.’
    • ‘Deaths from typhus and starvation outreached each other.’
    • ‘While the claims may outreach what is known, at least many in the industry recognize this.’
    • ‘He is particularly effective against linebackers, who he can typically outreach and outrun.’
    • ‘In that sense, the uses of translation might be compared to the adoption of superscripts in opera, outreaching but not excluding the traditional audience of aficionados.’
    • ‘If you are not prepared to have someone make a comparison with other Western democracies, then, in my view, you are totally outreaching your authority in this House.’
    • ‘If I followed all of this, we would both be very embarrassed, me, humiliated for outreaching my position, and you, for associating with one of lower status.’
    • ‘They are an underground act with influence far outreaching their popularity.’
    • ‘In his moment, the acrobat outreaches his own skin.’
    • ‘Not only was the trading system much larger than even the biggest empire, it outreached the spheres of military-political relations altogether.’
    • ‘Yet she remains something of an enigma in that her talent far outreaches her popularity.’
    • ‘The problem is that the volume of information gathered today far outreaches the intelligence community's capability to process it.’
    • ‘Television brings together voice and visual images which gives it a persuasive power that outreaches radio and newspapers.’
    • ‘With a jutted-out pugilist's jaw that just manages to outreach his impressive paunch, the author seems rumpled, a little silly, but defiant.’
    • ‘With Einstein's time, perhaps, that abstraction outreaches itself, in a way, and collapses back onto us, onto the earth, onto the contingencies of here and there.’
    • ‘He is three inches taller, will be at least a stone-and-a-half heavier, and outreaches his opponent by nearly three inches.’
    • ‘When do intellectuals outreach their knowledge base?’
    • ‘Alas, with this I think we are back to outreaching our grasp for wisdom.’
    • ‘When expectation outreaches probability, you're in trouble.’
    • ‘In conventional terms, the demand far outreaches supply; today, what modern composer of any reputation would, or even could, supply a viable full-evening ballet score?’
    stretch out, hold out, extend, outstretch, thrust out, stick out
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    1. 1.1literary [no object]Stretch out one's arms.
      ‘they stood with earnest eyes, and arms outreaching’
      • ‘He was finally learning to outreach onto life and become happier because of it.’
      • ‘He exited the house right behind me, his arms instantly outreaching.’
      • ‘When the two managed to walk to Adrian's front door, Adrian dropped the crate onto the floor with reluctance, heaving a few deep breaths and breathing between his legs until he saw a hand outreached to him.’
      • ‘Giving massive strokes, I outreached my arms and kicked my legs, hoping to find someone…’
      • ‘They were filled with terror, like that of a little bunny looking upon a hawk in the sky, diving with talons outreached to grab it.’
      reach out, hold out, put out, extend, outstretch, thrust out, stick out
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