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[stretʃ] verb I
1) [I/T] if you stretch something, or if it stretches, it becomes longer or wider when you pull it
Can you stretch the material a little?[/ex]
My jumper stretched the first time I washed it.[/ex]
2) [T] to pull something so that it becomes smooth, straight, and tight
The canvas is stretched across a metal frame.[/ex]
3) [I/T] to make your arms, legs, or body as long as they can be
I leaned back in the chair and stretched.[/ex]
Todd stretched his hand towards the rope.[/ex]
4) [I] to continue for a particular distance or time
The beach stretches for miles in each direction.[/ex]
The team has a history that stretches back to 1895.[/ex]
5) [T] to use all the money, time, or ability that is available
I don't think this new job stretches him much.[/ex]
Medical services were stretched to the limit.[/ex]
stretch your leg s — to go for a walk after you have been sitting for a long time[/ex]
- stretch out
- stretch sth out
II
noun [C]
stretch [stretʃ]
1) an area of land or water
a narrow stretch of water[/ex]
2) a continuous period of time
You can't learn it all in such a short stretch of time.[/ex]
He'll surf the Internet for six hours at a stretch (= continuously).[/ex]
3) a movement or exercise in which you make a part of your body as long as possible
not by any stretch of the imagination — used for emphasizing that you think that something is not true or possible[/ex]
III
adj
stretch [stretʃ]
stretch cloth becomes wider or longer when you pull it

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