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American English: /strɛtʃ/
British English: /strɛtʃ/

Translation of stretch in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (extend to full length)
    we went for a walk to stretch our legs
    dimos un paseo para estirar las piernas
    see alsostretch out 1
    Example sentences
    • I got up from the rather cramped car and stretched out my muscles to give them some air.
    • She stretched out her body, her muscles loosening up from the long flight of last night.
    • This area was cooler with more grass than plain dirt, making me want to stretch out on the soft carpet and stare at the stars.
    (elastic/rubber band)
    (widen) ensanchar
    Example sentences
    • Soft, springy materials like rubber and skin don't tear easily because they stretch before breaking apart.
    • Softer metals tend to stretch more easily, which explains the different factors in the formulas for different metals.
    • If you replace your laces with elastic you will be able to tie them up before you slip your feet into them; the elastic will stretch to enable your foot to go in but will still be tight enough to hold your shoes on comfortably.
    1.3 (draw out)
    we stretched paper chains from one wall to another
    tendimos cadenetas de papel de pared a pared
    Example sentences
    • The fabric mask is stretched over the face and pressed firmly in place.
    • Then carpet is stretched over the top of the metal and tucked under the side of the Z-bar that is not secured.
    • The second balloon is stretched over the first balloon to seal in the flour.
  • 2 (eke out, make go further)
    Example sentences
    • The precautionary effort was expected to stretch into this week.
    • There are also plans to obtain extended drinking hours and a dance licence, so the weekend stretches out just that little bit longer.
    • Stein's interim stint, expected to last two months, stretched to a year.
    Example sentences
    • Now, precious resources are being stretched even further.
    • But the real issue is that important resources are being stretched.
    • And police resources could be further stretched if there is a repeat of last year's illegal rave at Marloes on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
  • 3 3.1 (make demands on)
    exigirle a
    my job doesn't stretch me
    mi trabajo no me exige lo suficiente
    she's not being stretched at school
    en el colegio no le exigen de acuerdo a su capacidad
    I wasn't fully stretched as a secretary
    como secretaria no estaba exigida al máximo
    3.2 (strain)
    poner a prueba
    our resources are stretched to the limit
    nuestros recursos están empleados al máximo
    nuestros recursos no dan más de sí
    my nerves are stretched to breaking point
    tengo los nervios a punto de estallar
  • 4 (distort)
    apartarse un poco de
    she's stretching it too far
    se está pasando un poco [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • You know, nothing hurts the truth like stretching it, and he stretched it just a lot.
    • Now that's stretching it a bit, don't you agree?
    • If I told you that, I would be stretching it a bit.

intransitive verb

  • 1
    (when tired, sleepy) desperezarse
    he stretched up to touch the ceiling
    se estiró hasta tocar el techo
    to stretch to reach something
    estirarse para alcanzar algo
  • 2 2.1 (reach, extend)
    it stretches several miles south
    se extiende varias millas hacia el sur
    his land stretches from the river to the mountain
    sus tierras abarcan or se extienden desde el río hasta la montaña
    his grin stretched from ear to ear
    sonreía de oreja a oreja
    his coat stretched right down to the ground
    el abrigo le llegaba hasta el suelo
    Example sentences
    • Inside the gate a carpet of bricks, plaster, glass, wood and office paper stretched around 40 feet to a crater which marked the epicentre of the explosion.
    • I was puzzled about how to eat the long and large segment of pig's bone positioned in the middle of the plate in front of me with a straw stretching into it.
    • By 1930, no wetland and few trees were left in the region, and in many counties, cotton stretched from horizon to horizon.
    2.2 (in time) to stretch back
    to stretch over a period
    alargarse or prolongarse durante un período
    our partnership stretches back more than ten years
    nuestra colaboración se remonta a hace más de 10 años
    this treatment can stretch over months
    este tratamiento puede alargarse or prolongarse durante meses
    a miserable future stretched before her
    tenía un sombrío futuro por delante
  • 3 3.1 (be elastic)
    3.2 (become loose, longer)
    dar de sí
    my sweater stretched in the wash
    se me estiró el suéter al lavarlo
    mi suéter dio de sí al lavarlo
  • 4 (be enough)
    to make something stretch
    estirar algo
    hacer llegar or hacer alcanzar algo
    funds won't stretch to a new library
    los fondos no alcanzan or no dan para una nueva biblioteca
    I can't stretch to a car
    no me da or no me alcanza para un coche
    Example sentences
    • Sadly, finances would not stretch to pay for her two children, Emma, 15, and Daniel, 13, and Paul's three grown-up children to go too.
    • ‘I don't know if the club's finances will stretch to allow me to keep two keepers on the go,’ admitted the manager.
    • It's often said that resources won't stretch to having a Garda on every street corner to maintain law and order.

reflexive verb

to stretch oneself
  • 1 (physically)
    (when tired, sleepy) desperezarse
    she yawned and stretched herself
    bostezó y se desperezó
  • 2 (increase efforts)
    exigirse al máximo
    intentar superarse
    Example sentences
    • Considered the toughest event, the obstacle course is a test to the cadet's stamina and ability to stretch him beyond his limits.
    • However, the extent to which this exercise stretches me personally is a constant surprise.
    • It stretched me as a person and opened my mind to many new parts of myself.


  • 1 (act of stretching) (no plural) to have a stretch
    (when tired, sleepy) desperezarse
    to give something a stretch
    estirar algo
    at full stretch (fully extended)
    estirado al máximo
    the factory is working at full stretch
    la fábrica está trabajando a tope or al máximo
    stretch of the imaginationby no stretch of the imagination could he be described as an expert
    de ningún modo se lo podría calificar de experto
    that can't be true, not by any stretch of the imagination
    eso ni por asomo puede ser verdad
    Example sentences
    • Full body stretches should also be done before using the ball.
    • Relax the pectoral muscle and deepen the chest stretch by turning the body away from the arm for another count of 15 seconds.
    • The body stretches are often held for longer than those that might be employed by a shiatsu practitioner or massage therapist.
  • 2 countable 2.1 (expanse) (of road, river) the final or home stretch
    la recta final
    the last stretch was the most exhausting
    el último tramo del trayecto fue el más agotador
    not by a long stretch it isn't as good as the other one, not by a long stretch
    no es, (ni) con mucho, tan bueno como el otro
    no es tan bueno como el otro ni mucho menos
    Example sentences
    • Most of the game is set in open expanses of water framed by nondescript stretches of land and changing weather conditions.
    • But what of the people it might displace, areas of fertile land that might become stretches of wasteland and even the water wars that might ensue?
    • She has sailed round Cape Horn, one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the world, on a three-mast wooden ship.
    Example sentences
    • It'll be my first break in ten months - the longest stretch between holidays for years - and I can't wait.
    • The substitutions aside, the siege of the England goal continues with long stretches of French possession interrupted by the briefest of respites.
    • Toronto continued their recent stretch of playing good ball by ending Orlando's three-game win streak with a convincing victory.
    2.2 (period) he did a ten-year stretch in the army
    estuvo or pasó (un período de) diez años en el ejército
    he did a three-year stretch [colloquial]
    estuvo tres años a la sombra [colloquial]
    at a stretch
    (without a break) sin parar
    (in an extremity) como máximo
    we used to work for twelve hours at a stretch
    trabajábamos doce horas seguidas or sin parar
    at a stretch, we can get ten people round the table
    como máximo, podemos acomodar a diez personas en la mesa
    at a stretch I could get it to you by Monday
    te lo podría hacer llegar para el lunes, como muy pronto
  • 3 uncountable (elasticity) a sock with lots of stretch
    un calcetín muy elástico or que da mucho de sí
    Example sentences
    • A picture of a giraffe or a lion on quality stretch cotton material will also be an ideal choice.
    • These stretch materials make the shorts fit perfectly, offer great support and look great too.
    • The slim cut stretch denim jeans envelop the contour of the female form like a second skin, giving a slim and seductive outline to the hip and legs.


  • (before noun, no comparative)

Phrasal verbs

stretch out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (extend)
beggars stretching their hands out for alms
mendigos pidiendo limosna con la mano extendida
he stretched his hand out to touch her
alargó or extendió la mano para tocarla
he stretched himself out on the sand
se tendió sobre la arena
he stretched him out with one blow [colloquial]
1.2 (make last longer)
2verb + adverb 2.1 (reach out) he stretched out to turn off the alarm clock
alargó or extendió la mano para apagar el despertador
2.2 (lie full length)
2.3 (extend)
(in space) (plain/city)
(in time) (negotiations/afternoon/meeting)
the days stretched out ahead of her
le parecía tener una eternidad por delante
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