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English definition of “stretch”


verb [I usually + adv/prep] (SPREAD)    /stretʃ/
C2 to spread over a large area or distance: A huge cloud of dense smoke stretched across the horizon. The Andes stretch for 7,250 km along the west coast of South America. Unsettled weather will stretch from the middle Mississippi Valley to the southern Middle Atlantic States. The refugee camps stretch as far as the eye can see.Spreading and scattering
(Definition of stretch verb (SPREAD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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