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stretch

verb (REACH)    /stretʃ/
B2 [T usually + adv/prep] to cause something to reach, often as far as possible, in a particular direction: I tripped on a piece of wire that someone had stretched across the path. She stretched out her hand and helped him from his chair.Arriving, entering and invadingStretching the body B2 [I] to make your body or your arms and legs straight so that they are as long as possible, in order to exercise the joints (= place where two bones are connected) after you have been in the same place or position for a long time: "I'm so tired," she said, yawning and stretching. It's a good idea to stretch before you take vigorous exercise.Stretching the body
(Definition of stretch verb (REACH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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