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Definition 1: exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for stretch in the sense of this definition

(stretch is a kind of ...) the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit

"the doctor recommended regular exercise" "he did some exercising" "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"

(... is a kind of stretch ) yawning and stretching (as when first waking up)

Definition 2: the act of physically reaching or thrusting out - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for stretch in the sense of this definition

(stretch is a kind of ...) a change of position that does not entail a change of location

"the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise" "movement is a sign of life" "an impatient move of his hand" "gastrointestinal motility"

(... is a kind of stretch ) the act of reaching out

"the outreach toward truth of the human spirit"

Definition 3: extension to or beyond the ordinary limit - [noun denoting act]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • running at full stretch
  • by no stretch of the imagination
  • beyond any stretch of his understanding

(stretch is a kind of ...) act of expanding in scope; making more widely available

"extension of the program to all in need"

Definition 4: a straightaway section of a racetrack - [noun denoting artifact]

(stretch is a kind of ...) a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse

(... is a kind of stretch ) the straight stretch of a racetrack leading to the finish line

(... is part of stretch) a course over which races are run

(stretch belongs to category ...) the sport of engaging in contests of speed

Definition 5: the capacity for being stretched - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for stretch in the sense of this definition

(stretch is a kind of ...) the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed

"the waistband had lost its snap"

Definition 6: a large and unbroken expanse or distance - [noun denoting object]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a stretch of highway
  • a stretch of clear water

(stretch is a kind of ...) a wide and open space or area as of surface or land or sky

(... is a kind of stretch ) a stretch of water without current or movement

"suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless"

Definition 7: an unbroken period of time during which you do something - [noun denoting time]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there were stretches of boredom
  • he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary

Synonyms for stretch in the sense of this definition

(stretch is a kind of ...) the period of time during which something continues

Definition 8: extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body - [verb of body]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Stretch your legs!
  • Extend your right arm above your head

Synonyms for stretch in the sense of this definition

(stretch is a kind of ...) cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

"he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"

(... is a kind of stretch ) stretch out completely

"They spread-eagled him across the floor"

(... is a kind of stretch ) stretch (the neck) so as to see better

"The women craned their necks to see the President drive by"

Definition 9: extend one's body or limbs - [verb of body]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours

Synonyms for stretch in the sense of this definition

(stretch is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

Definition 10: become longer by being stretched and pulled - [verb of change]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The fabric stretches

(stretch is a kind of ...) become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

"The problem grew too large for me" "Her business grew fast"

(... is a kind of stretch ) be flexible under stress of physical force

"This material doesn't give"

Definition 11: make long or longer by pulling and stretching - [verb of change]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • stretch the fabric

Synonyms for stretch in the sense of this definition

(stretch is a kind of ...) make longer

"Lengthen this skirt, please"

(... is a kind of stretch ) stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree

(stretch causes ...) become longer by being stretched and pulled

"The fabric stretches"

Definition 12: extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly - [verb of change]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Stretch the limits
  • stretch my patience
  • stretch the imagination

(stretch is a kind of ...) extend in scope or range or area

"The law was extended to all citizens" "widen the range of applications" "broaden your horizon" "Extend your backyard"

Definition 13: increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance - [verb of change]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • stretch the soup by adding some more cream
  • extend the casserole with a little rice

Synonyms for stretch in the sense of this definition

(stretch is a kind of ...) make bigger or more

"The boss finally increased her salary" "The university increased the number of students it admitted"

(stretch has a similar meaning as ...) corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

"adulterate liquor"

Definition 14: corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones - [verb of change]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • adulterate liquor

Synonyms for stretch in the sense of this definition

(stretch is a kind of ...) alter from the original

(... is a kind of stretch ) thin by adding water to

"They watered down the moonshine"

(... is a kind of stretch ) alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive

"Sophisticate rose water with geraniol"

(stretch has a similar meaning as ...) increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance

"stretch the soup by adding some more cream" "extend the casserole with a little rice"

Definition 15: pull in opposite directions - [verb of contact]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack

(stretch is a kind of ...) cause to move by pulling

"draw a wagon" "pull a sled"

(... is a kind of stretch ) stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow)

"The archers were drawing their bows"

Definition 16: extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length - [verb of motion]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Unfold the newspaper
  • stretch out that piece of cloth
  • extend the TV antenna

Synonyms for stretch in the sense of this definition

(stretch is a kind of ...) assume a different shape or form

(stretch has a similar meaning as ...) open or straighten out; unbend

"Can we extend the legs of this dining table?"

Definition 17: lie down comfortably - [verb of motion]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass

Synonyms for stretch in the sense of this definition

(stretch is a kind of ...) assume a reclining position

"lie down on the bed until you feel better"

Definition 18: occupy a large, elongated area - [verb of stative]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The park stretched beneath the train line

Synonyms for stretch in the sense of this definition

(stretch is a kind of ...) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

"Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back" "What is behind this behavior?"

Definition 19: easily stretched - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • stretch hosiery

(stretch is similar to ...) capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy

"an elastic band" "a youthful and elastic walk"

Definition 20: having an elongated seating area - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where stretch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a stretch limousine

(stretch is similar to ...) primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified

"a long road" "a long distance" "contained many long words" "ten miles long"

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