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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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 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

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First Known Use of outstretch

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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