stretch out

stretch out
verb
1. extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length (Freq. 2)
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Unfold the newspaper

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stretch out that piece of cloth

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extend the TV antenna

Syn: ↑unfold, ↑stretch, ↑extend
Derivationally related forms: ↑extensible (for: ↑extend)
Hypernyms: ↑change shape, ↑change form, ↑deform
Verb Group: ↑extend
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s something

2. thrust or extend out (Freq. 1)
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He held out his hand

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point a finger

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extend a hand

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the bee exserted its sting

Syn: ↑exsert, ↑put out, ↑extend, ↑hold out, ↑stretch forth
Derivationally related forms: ↑extensible (for: ↑extend), ↑extendible (for: ↑extend), ↑extensor (for: ↑extend)
Hypernyms: ↑gesticulate, ↑gesture, ↑motion
Hyponyms: ↑hyperextend
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

3. lie down comfortably (Freq. 1)
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To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass

Syn: ↑stretch
Hypernyms: ↑lie down, ↑lie
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

4. stretch (the neck) so as to see better
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The women craned their necks to see the President drive by

Syn: ↑crane
Derivationally related forms: ↑crane (for: ↑crane)
Hypernyms: ↑stretch, ↑extend
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

5. extend one's body or limbs
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Let's stretch for a minute—we've been sitting here for over 3 hours

Syn: ↑stretch
Derivationally related forms: ↑stretch (for: ↑stretch)
Hypernyms: ↑move
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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stretch out [phrasal verb]
stretch out or stretch (yourself) out : to extend your body in a flat position : to spread out in a relaxed position

She stretched out on the bed.

He stretched himself out on the couch.

— often used as (be) stretched out

He was (lying) stretched out on the couch.

see also stretch 2b, 6a (above), 1
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Main Entry:stretch

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ˌstretch ˈout | ˌstretch yourself ˈout derived
to lie down, usually in order to relax or sleep

He stretched himself out on the sofa and fell asleep.

Main entry:stretchderived

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