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squeeze

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verb \ˈskwēz\

Simple Definition of squeeze

  • : to press together the parts and especially the opposite sides of (something)

  • : to get or remove (something) by squeezing something

  • : to pull back on (a gun's trigger) with your finger

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of squeeze

squeezed

squeezing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to exert pressure especially on opposite sides of :  compressb :  to extract or emit under pressurec :  to force or thrust by compression

  3. 2a (1) :  to get by extortion (2) :  to deprive by extortionb :  to cause economic hardship toc :  to reduce the amount of <squeezes profits>

  4. 3 :  to crowd into a limited area

  5. 4 :  to gain or win by a narrow margin

  6. 5 :  to force (another player) to discard in bridge so as to unguard a suit

  7. 6 :  to score by means of a squeeze play

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to give way before pressure

  10. 2 :  to exert pressure; also :  to practice extortion or oppression

  11. 3 :  to force one's way <squeeze through a door>

  12. 4 :  to pass, win, or get by narrowly

squeezability

play \ˌskwē-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

squeezable

play \ˈskwē-zə-bəl\ adjective

squeezer

noun

Examples of squeeze in a sentence

  1. He lightly squeezed her hand and smiled.

  2. Gently squeeze the fruit to see if it's ripe.

  3. Hold it securely but don't squeeze too hard.

  4. He squeezed the juice from the orange.



Origin and Etymology of squeeze

alteration of obsolete English quease, from Middle English queysen, from Old English cwȳsan; akin to Icelandic kveisa stomach cramps


First Known Use: circa 1601


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squeeze

noun

Simple Definition of squeeze

  • : a situation in which people or things are crowded together

  • : an act of squeezing something

  • : a small amount that is gotten or removed from something (such as a piece of fruit) by squeezing it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of squeeze

  1. 1a :  an act or instance of squeezing :  compressionb :  handclasp; also :  embrace

  2. 2a :  a quantity squeezed out from something <a squeeze of lemon>b :  a group crowded together :  crowd

  3. 3 :  a profit taken by a middleman on goods or transactions

  4. 4 :  a financial pressure caused by narrowing margins or by shortages

  5. 5 :  a forced discard in bridge

  6. 6 :  squeeze play

  7. 7 slang :  a romantic partner <she's my main squeeze>

Examples of squeeze in a sentence

  1. Fifty guests will be a bit of a squeeze.

  2. It'll be a tight squeeze, but we can all fit.



1611

First Known Use of squeeze

1611



SQUEEZE Defined for Kids

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squeeze

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verb \ˈskwēz\

Definition of squeeze for Students

squeezed

squeezing

  1. 1 :  to press together from the opposite sides or parts of :  compress

  2. 2 :  to get by squeezing <Squeeze the juice from a lemon.>

  3. 3 :  to force or crowd in by compressing <We squeezed into the car.>




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squeeze

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noun

Definition of squeeze for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of compressing





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