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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
stretch /strɛtʃ/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. to spread out fully;
    straighten (the body, etc.) completely: [+ object]She stretched herself out on the ground.[no object]He yawned and stretched.
  2. to (cause to) extend or spread from one place to another: [+ object]The crew stretched a rope across the road.[no object]The forest stretches for miles.
  3. [no object] to extend in time:His memory stretches back to his early childhood.
  4. to (cause to) be drawn tight or taut, without breaking or snapping: [+ object]to stretch the strings of a violin.[no object]Will this nylon stretch?
  5. to draw out or extend too much: [+ object]The jacket was stretched at the elbows.[no object]The jacket stretched at the stomach.
  6. [+ object] to extend or force (something) or make (something) serve beyond its normal or proper limits; strain:to stretch the facts.
  7. [+ object] to exert (oneself ) to the utmost:students who stretch themselves to achieve their best.

  • [countable] an act or instance of stretching; the state of being stretched.
  • [uncountable] ability to be stretched;
    elasticityelasticity:These socks have lost their stretch.
  • [countable] a continuous length:a stretch of meadow.
  • Sport[countable] the last part of a racetrack:down the stretch.
  • [countable] an amount of, or extent in, time:gone for a stretch of ten years.
  • [countable] a term of imprisonment:a ten-year stretch in prison.

  • adj. [before a noun]
  • Textiles(of yarn) having an ability to be easily stretched.
  • Textilesmade from such yarn:stretch denim.
  • Transportlonger than standard:stretch limousines.
  • stretch•a•ble, adj. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    stretch /strɛtʃ/ vb
    1. to draw out or extend or be drawn out or extended in length, area, etc
    2. to extend or be extended to an undue degree, esp so as to distort or lengthen permanently
    3. to extend (the limbs, body, etc)
    4. (transitive) to reach or suspend (a rope, etc) from one place to another
    5. (transitive) to draw tight; tighten
    6. often followed by out, forward, etc: to reach or hold (out); extend
    7. (intransitive) usually followed by over: to extend in time: the course stretched over three months
    8. (intr; followed by for, over, etc) (of a region, etc) to extend in length or area
    9. (intransitive) (esp of a garment) to be capable of expanding, as to a larger size: socks that will stretch
    10. (transitive) to put a great strain upon or extend to the limit
    11. to injure (a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc) by means of a strain or sprain
    12. (transitive) often followed by out: to make do with (limited resources): to stretch one's budget
    13. (transitive) informal to expand or elaborate (a story, etc) beyond what is credible or acceptable
    14. (tr; often passive) to extend, as to the limit of one's abilities or talents
    15. archaic or slang to hang or be hanged by the neck
    16. stretch a pointto make a concession or exception not usually made
    17. to exaggerate
    18. stretch one's legsto take a walk, esp after a period of inactivity
    1. the act of stretching or state of being stretched
    2. a large or continuous expanse or distance: a stretch of water
    3. extent in time, length, area, etc
    4. capacity for being stretched, as in some garments
    5. (as modifier): stretch pants
    6. the section or sections of a racecourse that are straight, esp the final straight section leading to the finishing line
    7. slang a term of imprisonment
    8. at a stretchchiefly Brit with some difficulty; by making a special effort
    9. if really necessary or in extreme circumstances
    10. at one time
    Etymology: Old English streccan; related to Old Frisian strekka, Old High German strecken; see straight, strake

    ˈstretchable adj ˌstretchaˈbility n

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