1 stretch /ˈstrɛtʃ/ verb
stretches; stretched; stretching
1 stretch
stretches; stretched; stretching
Learner's definition of STRETCH
[+ object] : to make (something) wider or longer by pulling it
[no object] : to become longer or wider when pulled
: to put your arms, legs, etc., in positions that make the muscles long and tight
[no object]
[+ object]
always followed by an adverb or preposition : to extend your arm, leg, etc., in order to reach something
[no object]
often + out
[+ object]
often + out
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to pull (something) so that it becomes flat and smooth and goes across a surface or area
always followed by an adverb or preposition [no object]
: to continue for a specified distance : to extend over an area
used to describe how long something is
: to continue over a period of time
[+ object] : to say something that is not exactly true
[+ object]
: to cause or force (something) to be used for a longer time or for more purposes than originally planned or expected
often + out
: to cause (something, such as a rule) to have a meaning or purpose that is different from what was originally intended
used figuratively in various phrases
[+ object] : to require (someone) to use a lot of effort, ability, skill, etc., in order to succeed

stretch out

[phrasal verb]
stretch out or stretch (yourself) out
: to extend your body in a flat position : to spread out in a relaxed position
often used as (be) stretched out see also 1stretch 2b, 6a (above)

stretch your legs

: to stand up and walk especially after sitting for a long period of time

— stretchable

/ˈstrɛtʃəbəl/ adjective
2 stretch /ˈstrɛtʃ/ noun
plural stretches
2 stretch
plural stretches
Learner's definition of STRETCH
[count] : a continuous area or length of land or water
: a continuous period of time
informal : a period of time spent in prison usually singular
: an act of stretching your body or part of your body
the stretch : the final straight part of a racecourse before the finish line often used figuratively
see also homestretch
[noncount] : the ability to be stretched without breaking or being torn
[singular] chiefly US
: something that requires a special effort to be done : something that is beyond a person's usual abilities
: a statement, description, etc., that is not strictly true or accurate

at full stretch

British, informal
: with as much effort as possible

by any/no stretch of the imagination

used to emphasize that something is not true, does not happen, etc.

the seventh-inning stretch

: the time between the two halves of the seventh inning when the people watching a game traditionally stand up and stretch their legs
3 stretch /ˈstrɛtʃ/ adjective
3 stretch
Learner's definition of STRETCH
always used before a noun
: made to stretch easily and then return to the original shape and size