[ 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.


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Origin of outstretch

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at out-, stretch


out·stretch·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for outstretch

/ (ˌaʊtˈstrɛtʃ) /

verb (tr)

to extend or expand; stretch out
to stretch or extend beyond
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