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rax

[raks] /ræks/
verb (used without object)
1.
to stretch oneself, as after sleeping.
2.
to extend the hand.
verb (used with object)
3.
to elongate; stretch.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English (north) raxen, Old English raxan; akin to Old English reccean to stretch, German recken
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British Dictionary definitions for rax

rax

/ræks/
verb
1.
(transitive) to stretch or extend
2.
(intransitive) to reach out
3.
(transitive) to pass or give (something to a person) with the outstretched hand; reach: rax me the salt
4.
(transitive) to strain or sprain
noun
5.
the act of stretching or straining
Word Origin
Old English raxan
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