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outstretch

[out-strech] /ˌaʊtˈstrɛtʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to stretch forth; extend:
to outstretch one's hand in welcome.
2.
to stretch out; expand:
The rising population has outstretched the city.
3.
to stretch beyond:
His behavior outstretches my patience.
Origin of outstretch
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see out-, stretch
Related forms
outstretcher, noun
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  • The boy lay with his face in the grass, and his outstretched hand grasping the lower rail of the fence.

  • Stuart took his outstretched hand, and led him into the library.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Then they rested with awed admiration on the face of a great winged angel stooping with outstretched hand.

    The Dust of Conflict David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • Stuart replaced the papers and put the key in Bivens's outstretched hand.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • The next moment Alethea stood before her, with outstretched arms.

    Scenes and Characters Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Quiet and dark, beside him stood the Phantom, with its outstretched hand.

    A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • On the front is the American eagle with outstretched wings, with the national colors on either side.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
British Dictionary definitions for outstretched

outstretch

/ˌaʊtˈstrɛtʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to extend or expand; stretch out
2.
to stretch or extend beyond
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Word Origin and History for outstretched

outstretch

v.

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

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