out·​stretch | \ ˌau̇t-ˈstrech How to pronounce outstretch (audio) \
outstretched; outstretching; outstretches

Definition of outstretch

transitive verb

: to stretch out : extend

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Examples of outstretch in a Sentence

the dog had outstretched his legs and was lying across the width of the doorway having outstretched our lunch break beyond all reason, we reluctantly headed back to work

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The unveiling of a statue of Mandela, born 100 years ago, with arms outstretched at the U.N. building in New York on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, opens a peace summit at the General Assembly. Fox News, "Leaders honor Mandela at UN; his widow calls them to act," 24 Sep. 2018 Katarine Zarutskie Courtesy The photos also captured a 5-foot shark making a beeline for Zarutskie's left arm, which was outstretched in the water. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "Model swam with sharks. One bite and six stitches later, she says she’d do it again," 11 July 2018 But the massive graphic of James with his arms outstretched across from the Quicken Loans arena will be taken down sometime this week, according to Cleveland.com. The Heat Index, azcentral, "LeBron James billboard in Cleveland to come down this week," 2 July 2018 In Season 1, a life-sized rendition of da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man—the iconic figure of a naked man with his limbs outstretched inside a circle—often appeared in the background of scenes in the Mesa Hub labs. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 7: Decoding Da Vinci," 4 June 2018 After losing their star man to injury, things got worse for the Reds in the second half when Karius' attempted throw was seen via telepathy by Benzema, who outstretched his leg to give Los Blancos the lead. SI.com, "Twitter Reacts as Real Madrid Claim 13th European Crown With Bale Heroics in 3-1 Liverpool Win," 26 May 2018 Nicole Lilienthal was the master female champion (22:25), who outstretched May Pini (22:26) at the finish line. Emmett Hall, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Shamrock 5K Run awash in green with its own March madness," 18 Mar. 2018 Brooks frequently outstretched his arms, removed his cowboy hat and shook his head in disbelief at the crowd's energy. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Garth Brooks duets with Trisha Yearwood, promises to return at record-breaking RodeoHouston finale," 18 Mar. 2018 In the final straightaway, Diggins chased down Stina Nilsson of Sweden and outstretched her at the finish to win by 19-hundredths of a second. Talya Minsberg, New York Times, "U.S. Ends Cross-Country Drought With Gold Medal," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of outstretch

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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