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[out-strech] /ˌaʊtˈstrɛtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to stretch forth; extend:
to outstretch one's hand in welcome.
to stretch out; expand:
The rising population has outstretched the city.
to stretch beyond:
His behavior outstretches my patience.
Origin of outstretch
1350-1400; Middle English; see out-, stretch
Related forms
outstretcher, noun Unabridged
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  • On her screen, the larger of two whooping cranes flaunts his outstretched wings, showing that he's ready to breed.
  • The crane's arm is now completely outstretched and the bucket is bobbing up and down precariously.
  • Starting as an outstretched chain, the fragment fairly quickly collapsed.
  • One sailed a perfect trajectory into my father's outstretched hand.
  • Its paws were outstretched, and its eyes looked crossed or rolled back in its head.
  • Cape gull with wings outstretched in the archangel position.
  • Relentless storms lashed the mountain, the driving snow at times blinding us even to our own outstretched hands.
  • Some held their oil-heavy wings outstretched trying to dry them in the breeze.
  • Then are our beggars bodies, and our monarchs and outstretched heroes the beggars' shadows.
  • Half in despair, he wandered across the sea, a beggar with outstretched hands.
British Dictionary definitions for outstretched


verb (transitive)
to extend or expand; stretch out
to stretch or extend beyond
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Word Origin and History for outstretched



mid-14c., from out + stretch (v.). Related: Outstretched; outstretching.

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