Origin of stretch

before 900; Middle English strecchen (v.), Old English streccan; cognate with Dutch strekken, German strecken; akin to Old English stræc firm, hard, Middle Dutch strac stiff. See stare, stark

SYNONYMS FOR stretch

5 See lengthen.
11 lie down.
20 range, reach, compass.

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British Dictionary definitions for stretch

stretch

/ (strɛtʃ) /

verb


noun

Derived Forms

stretchable, adjectivestretchability, noun

Word Origin for stretch

Old English streccan; related to Old Frisian strekka, Old High German strecken; see straight, strake
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Idioms and Phrases with stretch

stretch

In addition to the idioms beginning with stretch

  • stretch a point
  • stretch one's legs

also see:

  • at a stretch
  • by any stretch

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