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English adjective: stretch

1. stretch having an elongated seating area

SamplesA stretch limousine.



2. stretch easily stretched

SamplesStretch hosiery.



English noun: stretch

1. stretch (object) a large and unbroken expanse or distance

SamplesA stretch of highway.
A stretch of clear water.

Broader (hypernym)expanse

Narrower (hyponym)slack, slack water

2. stretch (act) the act of physically reaching or thrusting out

Synonymsreach, reaching

Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

Narrower (hyponym)outreach

3. stretch (artifact) a straightaway section of a racetrack

Broader (hypernym)straight, straightaway

Narrower (hyponym)homestretch

Part meronymracecourse, racetrack, raceway, track

Domain categoryracing

4. stretch (act) exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent


Broader (hypernym)exercise, exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout

Narrower (hyponym)pandiculation

5. stretch (act) extension to or beyond the ordinary limit

SamplesRunning at full stretch.
By no stretch of the imagination.
Beyond any stretch of his understanding.

Broader (hypernym)extension

6. stretch (time) an unbroken period of time during which you do something

SamplesThere were stretches of boredom.
He did a stretch in the federal penitentiary.


Broader (hypernym)continuance, duration

7. stretch (attribute) the capacity for being stretched

Synonymsstretchability, stretchiness

Broader (hypernym)elasticity, snap

English verb: stretch

1. stretch (stative) occupy a large, elongated area

SamplesThe park stretched beneath the train line.

Synonymsstretch along

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

2. stretch (body) extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body

SamplesStretch your legs!.
Extend your right arm above your head.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)strain, tense, tense up

Narrower (hyponym)crane, spread-eagle, stretch out

3. stretch (motion) extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length

SamplesUnfold the newspaper.
Stretch out that piece of cloth.
Extend the TV antenna.

Synonymsextend, stretch out, unfold

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform

Verb groupextend

4. stretch (change) become longer by being stretched and pulled

SamplesThe fabric stretches.

ExamplesThese fabrics stretch easily

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)grow

Narrower (hyponym)give, yield

Antonymsshrink, contract

5. stretch (change) make long or longer by pulling and stretching

SamplesStretch the fabric.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lengthen

Narrower (hyponym)shoetree, tree


6. stretch (motion) lie down comfortably

SamplesTo enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass.

Synonymsstretch out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)lie, lie down

7. stretch (contact) pull in opposite directions

SamplesDuring the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw, force, pull

Narrower (hyponym)draw, pull back

8. stretch (change) extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly

SamplesStretch the limits.
Stretch my patience.
Stretch the imagination.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)broaden, extend, widen

9. stretch (change) corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

SamplesAdulterate liquor.

Synonymsadulterate, debase, dilute, load

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)corrupt, spoil

Narrower (hyponym)doctor, doctor up, sophisticate, water down

Verb groupextend, stretch

10. stretch (change) increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance

SamplesStretch the soup by adding some more cream.
Extend the casserole with a little rice.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Verb groupadulterate, debase, dilute, load, stretch

11. stretch (body) extend one's body or limbs

SamplesLet's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours.

Synonymsstretch out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

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