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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

Full Definition of squeeze


  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

squeez·abil·i·ty play \ˌskwē-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
squeez·able play \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




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

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

  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


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February 6, 2016

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