verb (used with object)

  1. to stretch forth; extend: to outstretch one’s hand in welcome.
  2. to stretch out; expand: The rising population has outstretched the city.
  3. to stretch beyond: His behavior outstretches my patience.

verb (tr)

  1. to extend or expand; stretch out
  2. to stretch or extend beyond

v.mid-14c., from out + stretch (v.). Related: Outstretched; outstretching.

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