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stretch

noun

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1 a wide space or area
  • a narrow stretch of beach below the cliffs

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2 an indefinite but usually short period of time
  • there was a cardinal at our bird feeder for a short stretch last spring

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3 the distance or extent between possible extremes
  • the stories were written over a considerable stretch of time

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4 the space or amount of space between two points, lines, surfaces, or objects
  • the longest stretch of the drive without any place to get gas

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stretch

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of stretch (Entry 2 of 3)

1 to add to the interest of by including made-up details
  • it was stretching the truth to say she'd been in the movies: she was once an extra whose scene was cut in the final version

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2 to injure by overuse, misuse, or pressure
  • I stretched a back muscle, and the pain is killing me

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3 to make longer
  • the time it would take to fix the car got stretched from three hours to two days when the part we needed had to be ordered

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4 to subject (a personal quality or faculty) to often excessive stress
  • your whining is stretching my patience to the limit

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5 to draw tight
  • if the canvas isn't properly stretched over the frame, there will be sagging over time

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stretch

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of stretch (Entry 3 of 3)

able to revert to original size and shape after being stretched, squeezed, or twisted
  • stretch fabrics that don't wrinkle or sag

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The first known use of stretch was before the 12th century

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“Stretch.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/stretch. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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