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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)
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