Definition of outstretch in English:



  • 1 Extend or stretch out (something, especially a hand or arm)

    ‘I walked with my arms outstretched’
    • ‘Ethan rose to his feet and outstretched his arms, opening and holding the book out.’
    • ‘She outstretched her hand in an attempt to halt her already dashing sister, but she was too far.’
    • ‘He outstretched his arm as a gesture of invitation for her to accept his offer.’
    • ‘Upon noticing her state he hurriedly outstretched his hand and mumbled an apology as he helped her off of the ground.’
    • ‘Annabelle nodded, outstretching her arms towards the little child.’
    • ‘At the very last moment, the figure outstretched his arm towards the hurled knife and opened his palm wide.’
    • ‘Each of the teenagers outstretched their hands in turn to give a handshake.’
    • ‘I turned to see the awakening Eli outstretching his arms, mouth wide open.’
    • ‘When Jenny turned her head back to David, the boy had already outstretched his hand to her.’
    • ‘Andrew outstretched his hand to Elizabeth as she descended the last several steps.’
    • ‘I walked over to her, sat down beside her, and I outstretched my arms to give her a hug.’
    • ‘All you do is outstretch your arms and begin spinning - slowly at first and then faster and faster.’
    • ‘Everything went blank and he gave in and outstretched his hand to Jesse.’
    • ‘She pushed the thoughts from her head and outstretched her hand to summon an automobile.’
    • ‘He looked up and saw the man outstretching a hand to her.’
    • ‘She outstretched her arm in his direction but was dragged the rest of the way by our prince.’
    extend, proffer, offer, present, outstretch, reach out, stretch out, put out, hold forth
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    1. 1.1Go beyond the limit of.
      ‘their good intentions far outstretched their capacity to offer help’
      • ‘Some athletes clearly possess talent that outstretches their capacity for hard work, while other athletes overachieve as a result of ferocious dedication, teamwork, and attention to detail.’