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Definition of 'stretch'


  1. a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of highway"; "a stretch of clear water"
  2. the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
       Synonyms: reach reaching
  3. a straightaway section of a racetrack
  4. exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
       Synonyms: stretching
  5. extension to or beyond the ordinary limit; "running at full stretch"; "by no stretch of the imagination"; "beyond any stretch of his understanding"
  6. an unbroken period of time during which you do something; "there were stretches of boredom"; "he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary"
       Synonyms: stint
  7. the capacity for being stretched
       Synonyms: stretchiness stretchability


  1. occupy a large, elongated area; "The park stretched beneath the train line"
       Synonyms: stretch along
  2. extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; "Stretch your legs!"; "Extend your right arm above your head"
       Synonyms: extend
  3. extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length; "Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth"; "extend the TV antenna"
       Synonyms: unfold stretch out extend
  4. become longer by being stretched and pulled; "The fabric stretches"
       Antonyms: shrink contract
  5. make long or longer by pulling and stretching; "stretch the fabric"
       Synonyms: elongate
  6. lie down comfortably; "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass"
       Synonyms: stretch out
  7. pull in opposite directions; "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
  8. extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly; "Stretch the limits"; "stretch my patience"; "stretch the imagination"
  9. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor"
       Synonyms: adulterate dilute debase
  10. increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance; "stretch the soup by adding some more cream"; "extend the casserole with a little rice"
       Synonyms: extend
  11. extend one's body or limbs; "Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours"
       Synonyms: stretch out


  1. having an elongated seating area; "a stretch limousine"
  2. easily stretched; "stretch hosiery"

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