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

Newcomers include A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces (who, at 22, is the youngest member of the squad), Kelsey Plum, also of the Las Vegas Aces, Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm, and Layshia Clarendon and Morgan Tuck, both of the Connecticut Sun. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Basketball Women's National Team Is Currently Vying For Its Third Consecutive World Cup Victory," 24 Sep. 2018 Current coach Aliou Cisse was the captain of that squad. Anne M. Peterson, BostonGlobe.com, "Colombia advances while Senegal is eliminated by tiebreaker," 28 June 2018 Speaking alongside attorney Gloria Allred at a news conference in New York in front of the NFL's offices, Rosa said that Gary told her to stay behind in the cheerleaders' dressing room as the rest of the squad left for the field before a game. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Another former Texans cheerleader joins lawsuit against team," 22 June 2018 The core of the Lancers squad is a sophomore class that has played together since age 4 or 5. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA state soccer: Kenosha St. Joseph scores a shutout to earn spot in Division 4 title game," 15 June 2018 The squad of 12 is on a quest for a third consecutive championship—something the American women have never before achieved. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Basketball Women's National Team Is Currently Vying For Its Third Consecutive World Cup Victory," 24 Sep. 2018 The English squad was unable to come up with an equalizer in the remaining time, officially ending their chances of reaching their first World Cup final since 1966. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "England Lost in the World Cup and the 'They're Going Home' Memes Are Here," 11 July 2018 The 2018 squad is certainly on the right track after defeating West Pasco, 8-0, for the state title at Viera Regional Park in Melbourne. Gary Curreri, Sun-Sentinel.com, "North Springs Little League Senior Division All-Stars capture state title," 10 July 2018 The Media City squad was back on the diamond following a five-day layoff after opening the tournament on Saturday. Jeff Tully, latimes.com, "Burbank Junior All-Star softball blasts into state title game," 6 July 2018

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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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