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stretch

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of stretch

  1. able to revert to original size and shape after being stretched, squeezed, or twisted stretch fabrics that don't wrinkle or sag Synonyms of stretch bouncy, flexible, resilient, rubberlike, rubbery, springy, elastic, stretchable, stretchy, supple, whippyWords Related to stretch adaptable, ductile, kneadable, malleable, moldable, plastic, pliable, pliant; limber, lissome (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, willowyNear Antonyms of stretch compact, firm, hard, solid, unyielding; brittle, crisp, crumbly, flaky (also flakey), friable, shortAntonyms of stretch inelastic, inflexible, nonelastic, rigid, stiff


stretch

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of stretch

  1. 1 a wide space or area a narrow stretch of beach below the cliffs Synonyms of stretch breadth, distance, expansion, extent, field, length, plain, reach, sheet, spread, expanse, wasteWords Related to stretch domain, sphere, territory; compass, range, scope, sweep; gamut, scale, spectrum; depth, emptiness, void; extension, latitude, span; amplitude, immensity, magnitude

  2. 2 an indefinite but usually short period of time there was a cardinal at our bird feeder for a short stretch last spring Synonyms of stretch bit, space, spell, whileWords Related to stretch lapse; season, span; day, epoch, era; beat, eyeblink, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiff, jiffy, minute, moment, nanosecond, New York minute, second, shake, split second, spurt, trice, twinkle, twinkling, wink; aeon (or eon), age, eternity, infinity, perpetuity; interim, interlude, intermission, interval

  3. 3 the distance or extent between possible extremes the stories were written over a considerable stretch of time Synonyms of stretch diapason, gamut, scale, spectrum, spread, rangeWords Related to stretch measure, pitch, scale; ambit, amplitude, compass, dimension(s), extent, reach, realm, scope, sweep, width

  4. 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 Synonyms of stretch lead, length, remove, spacing, spread, distance, wayWords Related to stretch altitude, area, breadth, depth, height, rise, space, volume, width; extension, extent; cast, range, reach, scope, shot, sweep, throw; drop, fall, flight, haul; berth, clearance


stretch

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of stretch

  1. 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 Synonyms of stretch color, elaborate (on), embellish, exaggerate, hyperbolize, magnify, pad, embroiderWords Related to stretch dress up, gussy up; amplify, enhance, enlarge (on or upon), expand, flesh (out); fudge, hedge; overdo, overdraw, overemphasize, overplay, overstate; emphasize, play up, stress; caricature; satirizeNear Antonyms of stretch belittle, minimize, play down, understate

  2. 2 to injure by overuse, misuse, or pressure I stretched a back muscle, and the pain is killing me Synonyms of stretch pull, rack, strain, wrenchWords Related to stretch fray, tax, weaken; damage, harm, hurt, impair, wound; batter, bruise, tear; cripple, lame, mangle, mutilate

  3. 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 Synonyms of stretch drag (out), draw out, elongate, lengthen, outstretch, prolong, protract, extendWords Related to stretch amplify, enlarge, expand, increase; attenuate, thinNear Antonyms of stretch decrease, diminish, lessen, reduce; thickenAntonyms of stretch abbreviate, abridge, curtail, cut, cut back, shorten

  4. 4 to subject (a personal quality or faculty) to often excessive stress your whining is stretching my patience to the limit Synonyms of stretch strain, try, tax, testWords Related to stretch demand, exact, importune, press, pressure, push; aggravate, agitate, annoy, bother, exasperate, gall, get (to), gnaw (at), grate, harass, harry, hassle, irk, irritate, nettle, pain, peeve, pester, rile, spite, vex

  5. 5 to draw tight if the canvas isn't properly stretched over the frame, there will be sagging over time Synonyms of stretch strain, tighten, tauten, tenseWords Related to stretch elongate, extend, lengthen; cinch, constrictNear Antonyms of stretch ease, relaxAntonyms of stretch loosen, slack, slacken



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