outstretch

verb
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 Siqui Sanchez/Getty Images 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, New York Times, "Storm Area 51? It’s a Joke, but the Air Force Is Concerned," 15 July 2019 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 Can Swim 'Quite Well,' According to Proud Dad Prince William," 26 Nov. 2019 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 Can Swim 'Quite Well,' According to Proud Dad Prince William," 26 Nov. 2019 The component sounds of Spanish words, cut down to two vowels and four consonants, are conveyed by whistling, the trick being to curl your fingers against your mouth with one finger outstretched, as if your hand were a gun. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Alluring Promises of “The Burnt Orange Heresy” and “The Whistlers”," 28 Feb. 2020 And that’s Bell jogging in to score the winning run with both arms outstretched over his head to give the Diamondbacks their only world championship. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Trash Pandas new manager has dramatic baseball background," 10 Jan. 2020 As Congress applauded the line, Pelosi stood, outstretched her arms, and clapped slowly and deliberately, as if the clap was more in jest than sincerity. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "Feral hogs, Baby Yoda, and Kidz Bop Karen: This is 2019 in memes," 23 Dec. 2019 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 Can Swim 'Quite Well,' According to Proud Dad Prince William," 26 Nov. 2019 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 Can Swim 'Quite Well,' According to Proud Dad Prince William," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of outstretch

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Outstretch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstretch. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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