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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
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at out-, stretch
Related forms
outstretcher, noun Unabridged
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  • Beyond it, I saw you standing with outstretched arms, as if you sought to come to me, but could not.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • “With all my heart, sir,” said Dennet, coming to him with outstretched hands.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The face, the tone, the outstretched arm, all drew her irresistibly to him.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Her eyes filled, and she stooped as though to kiss the outstretched hand.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • As the ladies rose, Walter came to me with outstretched hand.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • He came to me with outstretched hands, and spoke kindly and reasonable words.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • She stood looking at that outstretched, stiffened man, who was dying.

British Dictionary definitions for outstretched


verb (transitive)
to extend or expand; stretch out
to stretch or extend beyond
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outstretched



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

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