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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.
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Origin of outstretch

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at out-, stretch
Related formsout·stretch·er, noun
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Related Words for outstretch

bloat, broaden, coat, daub, dilate, disperse, enlarge, escalate, flatten, flow, increase, lengthen, multiply, mushroom, overlay, paint, pervade, prepare, proliferate, radiate

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Historical Examples of outstretch

  • There is something tragic to me in the outstretch of a city.

    The Spell of Switzerland

    Nathan Haskell Dole

  • In the outstretch, for the second time, Aramis shot forward like the arrow from a bended bow.

  • The minister was mentioning names, too, but the girl had her back to them and was studying the outstretch.

    The House of Fulfilment

    George Madden Martin

British Dictionary definitions for outstretch


verb (tr)
  1. to extend or expand; stretch out
  2. to stretch or extend beyond
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Word Origin and History for outstretch


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

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