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.

Nearby words

  1. outstanding,
  2. outstandingly,
  3. outstare,
  4. outstation,
  5. outstay,
  6. outstretched,
  7. outstrip,
  8. outstroke,
  9. outsung,
  10. outswear

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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British Dictionary definitions for outstretch


verb (tr)

to extend or expand; stretch out
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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