squad

noun
\ ˈskwäd How to pronounce squad (audio) \

Definition of squad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small organized group of military personnel especially : a tactical unit that can be easily directed in the field
2 : a small group engaged in a common effort or occupation

squad

verb
squadded; squadding

Definition of squad (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to arrange in squads

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Synonyms for squad

Synonyms: Noun

army, band, brigade, company, crew, gang, outfit, party, platoon, team

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Examples of squad in a Sentence

Noun

the cleaning squad usually arrives after regular business hours

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sweden plays again Tuesday in Norway, meaning Svensson faces a quick cross-Atlantic flight home to rejoin his squad for the Whitecaps game. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Despite long layoff, Sounders are bracing for a challenging week ahead," 25 Mar. 2019 Forget jeans or red carpet sneakers: Carson brought out her glam squad of stylist Nicolas Bru, hair stylist Caile Noble, and makeup artist Karan Mitchell and headed straight for the gowns. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Inside the Premiere of the Pretty Little Liars Sequel With Sofia Carson," 18 Mar. 2019 The more pressing question is whether the most talented player in their squad... Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "English Soccer’s Highest-Paid Mystery," 7 Mar. 2019 My squad includes couples from Argentina, France, Dubai, and Estonia. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 2018 The Koreas, still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, have fielded 60 athletes in combined teams in the three sports along with larger contingents for their respective national squads. John Pye, Fox News, "Combined Koreas basketball team to play for Asian Games gold," 30 Aug. 2018 While your squad picks up vintage glassware souvenirs, the mixologists on staff can help create a signature cocktail just for your weekend trip (and send you home with all the ingredients to recreate it at home!). Juliet Izon, Redbook, "And the Very Best City for a Girls' Getaway Is...," 7 Aug. 2018 Southgate had brought his squad here with more hope than expectation: Most assumed that elimination in the round of 16, or possibly the quarterfinal, was the best that might be achieved. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 Victories have been rare for the Boars, who are usually defeated in regional tournaments, where their squad of onetime discards take on teams for whom soccer is part of the school curriculum. Matt Blomberg, latimes.com, "There's a reason that the soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand was so tough and resilient," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Cardinals squad Seattle beat on a last-second field goal two weeks earlier wasn’t much better. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "It’s too early to call the Seahawks good, but they might be good enough for the playoffs," 15 Oct. 2018 Star fullback Alex Telles is among the absentees from the Portuguese league leaders squad, along with Danilo Pereira, Tiquinho Soares and Moussa Marega. SI.com, "Liverpool Has Champions League Quarterfinal Place Within Reach," 5 Mar. 2018 With nothing to lose, Poland manager Nawalka may give starts to squad players and revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation, after witnessing the abject failure of his 3-4-3 approach against Colombia. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Japan vs Poland - Recent Form, Team News, Predicted Lineups & More," 27 June 2018 But for those cognizant of the Charger squad the past three years, amazing feats are the norm. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Golf: Clear Springs in record-shattering form," 7 Apr. 2018 Other seniors on the Lady Raiders squad along with Preston and Luck were O'Dowd, Esparis Tarantini and Aidan Martino. Sun-Sentinel.com, "St. Thomas Aquinas girls enjoy special relationships during lacrosse season," 3 June 2018 The Egypt squad in Russia for its first World Cup since 1990 has a nickname besides the Pharaohs. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "Grozny is a World Cup home away from home for Egypt squad," 13 June 2018 Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was an assistant for that Warriors squad back in 2015 and he's had a front row seat for Davis' maturation process over the past few seasons. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Anthony Davis feels unburdened after earning first career playoff win," 15 Apr. 2018 Last month, the Milwaukee Police Department released body-cam and squad-car videos that showed Brown's January arrest, reports CBSN's Vladimir Duthiers. CBS News, "Newly released videos show what officers did after arresting Sterling Brown," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of squad

Noun

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squad

Noun

Middle French esquade, from Old Spanish & Old Italian; Old Spanish escuadra & Old Italian squadra, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *exquadrare to make square — more at square

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The first known use of squad was in 1649

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squad

noun

English Language Learners Definition of squad

: a part of a police force that deals with a specific type of crime
: a small organized group of soldiers
: a group of people who are involved in a particular activity

squad

noun
\ ˈskwäd How to pronounce squad (audio) \

Kids Definition of squad

1 : a small group of soldiers
2 : a small group working or playing together a football squad

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