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1squeeze

verb \ˈskwēz\

: 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

squeezedsqueez·ing

Full Definition of SQUEEZE

transitive verb
1
a :  to exert pressure especially on opposite sides of :  compress
b :  to extract or emit under pressure
c :  to force or thrust by compression
2
a (1) :  to get by extortion (2) :  to deprive by extortion
b :  to cause economic hardship to
c :  to reduce the amount of <squeezes profits>
3
:  to crowd into a limited area
4
:  to gain or win by a narrow margin
5
:  to force (another player) to discard in bridge so as to unguard a suit
6
:  to score by means of a squeeze play
intransitive verb
1
:  to give way before pressure
2
:  to exert pressure; also :  to practice extortion or oppression
3
:  to force one's way <squeeze through a door>
4
:  to pass, win, or get by narrowly
squeez·abil·i·ty \ˌskwē-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
squeez·able \ˈskwē-zə-bəl\ adjective
squeez·er noun

Examples of SQUEEZE

  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 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

2squeeze

noun

: 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

Full Definition of SQUEEZE

1
a :  an act or instance of squeezing :  compression
b :  handclasp; also :  embrace
2
a :  a quantity squeezed out from something <a squeeze of lemon>
b :  a group crowded together :  crowd
3
:  a profit taken by a middleman on goods or transactions
4
:  a financial pressure caused by narrowing margins or by shortages
5
:  a forced discard in bridge
7
slang :  a romantic partner <she's my main squeeze>

Examples of SQUEEZE

  1. Fifty guests will be a bit of a squeeze.
  2. It'll be a tight squeeze, but we can all fit.

First Known Use of SQUEEZE

1611
SQUEEZER Defined for Kids

1squeeze

verb \ˈskwēz\
squeezedsqueez·ing

Definition of SQUEEZE for Kids

1
:  to press together from the opposite sides or parts of :  compress
2
:  to get by squeezing <Squeeze the juice from a lemon.>
3
:  to force or crowd in by compressing <We squeezed into the car.>

2squeeze

noun

Definition of SQUEEZE for Kids

:  an act or instance of compressing

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