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stretch

verb (MAKE LONGER)    /stretʃ/
B2 [I or T] to (cause a material to) become longer or wider than usual as a result of pulling at the edges: an exercise to stretch the leg muscles That elastic band will snap if you stretch it too far. This substance stretches to any shape you want.Enlarging and inflatingBecoming biggerBecoming biggerEnlarging and inflating B2 [I] If a material stretches, it can become longer or wider when pulled and then return to its original size: to stretch fabricsBecoming biggerEnlarging and inflating
(Definition of stretch verb (MAKE LONGER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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