US: /ˈstɹɛtʃ/
UK: /stɹˈɛt‍ʃ/

English Vietnamese dictionary

stretch /stretʃ/
  • danh từ
    • sự căng ra, sự duỗi ra
      • stretch of the arm: sự duỗi tay ra
    • quãng (đường); dải, khoảng (đất)
      • stretch of land: dải đất
    • nghĩa rộng, nghĩa suy ra
      • by a stretch of language: theo nghĩa rộng của ngôn ngữ
    • (hàng hải) mạch đường (khoảng đường đã đi được theo một hướng buồm)
    • (từ lóng) một năm tù; thời hạn ở tù
    • at a stretch
      • một hơi, một mạch, không nghỉ
    • for a long stretch of time
      • lâu, lâu lắm rồi
  • ngoại động từ
    • kéo ra, căng ra, giăng ra, duỗi ra; nong ra
      • to stretch a wire across the road: căng dây qua đường
      • to stretch trousers: căng quần vào khung (cho khỏi nhàu)
      • to stretch one's legs: duỗi chân đứng lên đi (sau khi ngồi nhiều)
      • to lay stretched on the ground: nằm dài dưới đất
      • to stretch oneself: vươn vai
      • these boots want stretching: đôi giày ống này cần phải được nong ra
    • lợi dụng, lạm dụng; nói phóng đại, nói ngoa
      • to stretch a principle: lạm dụng một nguyên tắc
      • to stretch one's powers: lạm dụng quyền hành của mình
      • to stretch the truth: có ít xít ra nhiều
    • (từ lóng) treo cổ (ai)
    • nội động từ
      • trải ra, chạy dài ra
        • the fields stretch away to the horizon: cánh đồng trải dài ra đến chân trời
        • to stretch across the sky: chạy ngang bầu trời
      • giãn ra, rộng ra; co giãn
        • these shoes will stretch with wearing: đôi giày này đi rồi sẽ rộng ra
        • it stretches like elastic: cái đó co giãn như dây chun
      • ((thường) + out) nằm sóng soài
      • (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ), (từ lóng) bị treo cổ
      • to stretch out
        • đưa thẳng tay ra
      • bước dài bước
      • to stretch somebody on the ground
        • đánh ai ngã sóng soài dưới đất

    Advanced English dictionary

    verb, noun
    + verb
    make bigger / looser
    1 to make sth longer, wider or looser, for example, by pulling it; to become longer, etc. in this way: [VN] Is there any way of stretching shoes? + [V] This sweater has stretched.
    2 [V] (of fabric) to become bigger or longer when you pull it and return to its original shape when you stop: The jeans stretch to provide a perfect fit.
    pull tight
    3 to pull sth so that it is smooth and tight: [VN] Stretch the fabric tightly over the frame. + [VN-ADJ] Make sure that the rope is stretched tight.
    your body
    4 to put your arms or legs out straight and tighten your muscles: [V] He stretched and yawned lazily. + [VN] The exercises are designed to stretch and tone your leg muscles.
    reach with arm
    5 [+adv./prep.] to put out an arm or a leg in order to reach sth: [V] She stretched across the table for the butter. + [VN] I stretched out a hand and picked up the book.
    over area
    6 [V +adv./prep.] to spread over an area of land: Fields and hills stretched out as far as we could see. + Beyond the mountains stretches a vast desert.
    over time
    7 [V +adv./prep.] to continue over a period of time: The town's history stretches back to before 1500. + The training stretches over a period of 16 months. + Endless summer days stretched out before us. + The talks look set to stretch into a second week.
    money / supplies
    8 [V] ~ (to sth) (used in negative sentences and questions about an amount of money) to be enough to buy or pay for sth: I need a new car, but my savings won't stretch to it. + There are lots of things I'd like to buy, but our budget just won't stretch that far.
    9 [VN] to make use of all your money, supplies, etc: The influx of refugees has stretched the country's resources to the limit.
    sb's skill / intelligence
    10 [VN] to make use of all sb's skill, intelligence, etc: I need a job that will stretch me. + She was never really stretched at school. + We can't take on any more work-we're fully stretched as it is. + The book really stretches your imagination.
    truth / belief
    11 [VN] to use sth in a way that would not normally be considered fair, acceptable, etc: He admitted that he had maybe stretched the truth (= not been completely honest) a little. + The play's plot stretches credulity to the limit.
    Idioms: stretch your legs (informal) to go for a short walk after sitting for some time: It was good to get out of the car and stretch our legs.
    stretch a point to allow or do sth that is not usually acceptable, especially because of a particular situation: I was hoping they would stretch a point and let me stay on for a while.
    more at RULE n.
    Phrasal Verbs: stretch out
    stretch yourself out to lie down, usually in order to relax or sleep: He stretched himself out on the sofa and fell asleep.
    + noun
    area of land / water
    1 [C] ~ (of sth) an area of land or water, especially a long one: an unspoilt stretch of coastline + a particularly dangerous stretch of road + You rarely see boats on this stretch of the river.
    period of time
    2 [C] a continuous period of time
    Synonym: SPELL
    They worked in four-hour stretches. + She used to read for hours at a stretch (= without stopping).
    3 [C, usually sing.] (informal) a period of time that sb spends in prison: He did a ten-year stretch for fraud.
    of body
    4 [C, U] an act of stretching out your limbs or your body and tightening the muscles; the state of being stretched: We got out of the car and had a good stretch. + Only do these more difficult stretches when you are warmed up. + Stay in this position and feel the stretch in your legs.
    of fabric
    5 [U] the ability to be made longer or wider without breaking or tearing: You need a material with plenty of stretch in it. + stretch jeans
    on race track
    6 [C, usually sing.] a straight part at the end of a racing track
    Synonym: STRAIGHT
    the finishing / home stretch + (figurative) The campaign has entered its final stretch.
    Idioms: at full stretch using as much energy as possible, or the greatest possible amount of supplies: Fire crews have been operating at full stretch.
    not by any stretch of the imagination
    by no stretch of the imagination used to say strongly that sth is not true, even if you try to imagine or believe it: She could not, by any stretch of the imagination, be called beautiful. + By no stretch of the imagination could the trip be described as relaxing.

    Thesaurus dictionary

    1 extend, reach; span, spread:
    Her memory stretches back to the first World War. His Texas ranch stretches as far as the eye can see.
    2 distend, lengthen, elongate, widen, broaden, swell, draw or pull out, balloon, inflate, enlarge, expand, increase, dilate, blow up:
    Stretch the netting to cover the frame.
    3 overtax, overextend; warp, strain, distort, bend, break:
    We like to stretch our employees in this company. He is stretching the rules by allowing undergraduates to take his course.
    4 elasticity, give, resilience, resiliency, stretchability, stretchiness:
    There isn't much stretch left in this old rubber band.
    5 extent, reach, span, spread, expanse, sweep, area, tract, US section:
    There is a stretch of desert just south of the coast.
    6 time, stint, period, spell, term, tour (of duty), Colloq US and Canadian hitch:
    He signed up for a two-year stretch in the navy. He once did a six-month stretch in prison for assault.

    Collocation dictionary

    1 area of land or water


    great, huge, large, long, open, vast, wide
    A great stretch of ocean lay beneath them.
    | narrow, short, small | straight
    a straight stretch of road
    | continuous, unbroken | beautiful, lovely | deserted, empty, lonely
    an empty stretch of beach
    | fast | dangerous, hazardous | coastal
    a wild uninhabited coastal stretch


    along a/the ~
    There are tailbacks along a 10-mile stretch of the motorway.
    | on a/the ~
    The festival is being held on a stretch of parkland near the river.
    | ~ of

    2 stretching


    good | gentle


    Have a good stretch from time to time to prevent yourself getting stiff.


    at full stretch
    Her arms were at full stretch.

    1 pull sth tight


    taut/tautly, tight/tightly
    Make sure that the rope is stretched tight. Stretch the fabric tightly over the frame.


    across, between, over
    Striped awnings had been stretched across the courtyard.

    2 your body/part of the body


    gently | lazily, luxuriously
    He stirred and stretched lazily.
    | full-length
    Andrea turned out the light and stretched full-length on the bed.
    | down, forwards, out, up, upwards
    She stretched up to reach the top shelf.

    3 cover a large area


    The wood does not stretch very far.
    | endlessly | ahead, away
    The road stretched ahead.


    seem to
    The beach seemed to stretch endlessly.


    along, beyond, for
    The beach stretches for five miles.
    | from, into, to
    an area which stretches from London to the north

    4 continue over a period of time


    endlessly | back, out
    The town's history stretches back to before 1500.


    Endless summer days stretched out before us.
    | into
    The talks look set to stretch into a second week.

    5 your ability/intelligence


    really | fully
    We can't take on any more work?we're fully stretched as it is.


    This department is stretched to its limit.

    Concise English dictionary

    +a large and unbroken expanse or distance
    +the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
    +a straightaway section of a racetrack
    +exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
    +extension to or beyond the ordinary limit
    +an unbroken period of time during which you do something
    +the capacity for being stretched
    +occupy a large, elongated area
    +extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
    +extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
    +become longer by being stretched and pulled
    +make long or longer by pulling and stretching
    +lie down comfortably
    +pull in opposite directions
    +extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly
    +corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
    +increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
    +extend one's body or limbs
    +having an elongated seating area
    +easily stretched