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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.

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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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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