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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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