Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “stretch”

stretch

verb (LONG TIME)    /stretʃ/
[I usually + adv/prep] to spread over a long period of time : The dispute stretches back over many years . Although we were supposed to finish this month , it looks like the work will stretch well into next year .Continue and last [T] (also stretch out) to make a process or task continue for a longer period of time than was originally planned : I'd like to stretch my mortgage payments out over a longer period if possible .Continue and last
(Definition of stretch verb (LONG TIME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of stretch

Definitions of “stretch” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

prenuptial agreement

an official document signed by two people before they get married that says what will happen to their possessions and/or children if they divorce (= officially stop being married)

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More