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
Recent Examples on the Web While kicking around a soccer ball, the little princess took a few breaks to balance on one leg with her arms outstretched above her head. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte 'Love Performing' and Doing Acrobatics at Home, Says Mom Kate," 19 Nov. 2019 Officers can be seen moving toward the black teens by pushing past white youth, some who have their arms outstretched in an apparent effort to block the officers’ path. oregonlive, "Twitter users allege racism after Portland police arrest 2 teens; but some misinterpret video of incident," 21 Sep. 2019 And for a cool climax to her hour and 45-minute concert, about 50 drones with LED lights hovering around her like fireflies — and, at one point, taking formation to resemble massive wings outstretched from each of Dion’s shoulders. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Celine Dion's voice a stunner at first Milwaukee concert in 11 years at Fiserv Forum," 18 June 2019 In March — the same month Pacifica High officials learned about the video — a group of high school students from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa were photographed at a party with their arms outstretched in a Nazi salute. Los Angeles Times, "After Nazi salute video, more racist videos emerge, roiling O.C. school," 21 Aug. 2019 What would happen if a crowd of people stormed the gates of Area 51 looking for aliens, and all of them ran really fast with their arms outstretched behind them? Jacey Fortin, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Storm Area 51’ Facebook group is a million strong, but it’s a joke — kind of," 15 July 2019 Rapinoe ran to the corner of the field and outstretched her arms, soaking in the applause. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "World Cup statement by Rapinoe and US women heard loud and clear," 28 June 2019 Parting Shot Conjure up Pete Rose sliding headfirst: Arms outstretched, mop of hair blown back, flying through the air like Superman. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Nuggets land Bol Bol: What the national media thought of Denver’s draft night," 24 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of outstretch

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2019

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“Outstretch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstretch?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=outstr01. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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