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English definition of “stretch”

stretch

verb [T] (GO PAST)    /stretʃ/
to go as far as or past the usual limit of something: Many families' budgets are already stretched to breaking point. We can't work any harder, Paul. We're already fully stretched. This movie really stretches the patience of the audience to the limit. We don't normally allow in people under 18, but I suppose we could stretch the rules for you as it's your birthday tomorrow.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
(Definition of stretch verb (GO PAST) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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