reach out for (someone or something)(redirected from reached out for them)
1. To attempt to make contact with someone, especially in search of or to offer help, guidance, comfort, or support. I've tried reaching out to her, but she doesn't want to share her feelings with me. You can always reach out to me if you are feeling overwhelmed with your school work. If you would like to request a refund, please reach out to customer service.
2. To broaden one's social circle or experiences in life. I kind of lost myself in my job for a few years, so I'm trying to reach out and meet some new people. You just come home straight from school and bury your head in your books. Why don't you try reaching out and trying something new?
reach out for (someone or something)
1. To extend one's hand outward in an attempt to touch or grasp someone or something. I reached out for my glass of water, forgetting that I had left it on the kitchen counter downstairs. The crying toddler reached out for her mother, who promptly scooped her up.
2. To try and contact or connect with someone to get help, guidance, comfort, or support. In hindsight, it's so obvious now that she was reaching out for help with her problems, but we just didn't see it at the time. I think he's reaching out for a friend, but he doesn't quite know how to go about it.
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reach out (after someone or something)and reach out (for something)
to extend one's grasp to someone or something. Don reached out after Doris, but she slipped away before he could get a good hold on her. Doris reached out for the door, but it slammed closed.
1. Lit. to extend one's grasp outward. He reached out, but there was no one to take hold of. I reached out and grabbed onto the first thing I could get hold of.
2. Fig. to enlarge one's circle of friends and experiences. If you are that lonely, you ought to reach out. Get to know some new friends. I need to reach out more and meet people.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To extend one's grasp outward: The vines along the path were full of grapes, so I reached out and grabbed some. I reached out for the boy's hand and pulled him out of the water.
2. To extend one's grasp thorough something: They kids reached out the car window and the clerk handed them each an ice cream cone.
3. To extend one's circle of friends, contacts, or experiences: He has been rather isolated, but now he's reaching out and meeting new people.
4. To strive toward something; aspire to something: She is reaching out for a job that is more challenging.
5. reach out for To seek help, comfort, or support from someone: Given the way you wrote this letter, it seems that you're reaching out for someone to talk to.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.