\ ˈskwēz How to pronounce squeeze (audio) \
squeezed; squeezing

Definition of squeeze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to exert pressure especially on opposite sides of : compress
b : to extract or emit under pressure
c : to force or thrust by compression
2a(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



Definition of squeeze (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act or instance of squeezing : compression
b : handclasp also : embrace
2a : 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

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Other Words from squeeze


squeezability \ ˌskwē-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce squeezability (audio) \ noun
squeezable \ ˈskwē-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce squeezable (audio) \ adjective
squeezer noun

Examples of squeeze in a Sentence


He lightly squeezed her hand and smiled. Gently squeeze the fruit to see if it's ripe. Hold it securely but don't squeeze too hard. He squeezed the juice from the orange.


Fifty guests will be a bit of a squeeze. It'll be a tight squeeze, but we can all fit.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Soups are a good way to squeeze lots of veggies into one meal. Brittany Loggins, NBC News, "9 kitchen tools nutritionists swear by to make healthy eating a breeze," 17 Sep. 2019 Phelps and Nicole, 34, already share Beckett Richard, 18 months, and Boomer Robert, 3, who squeezed into the photo. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Michael Phelps and family cuddle third son after birth! See the adorable of photos," 11 Sep. 2019 The most expensive models, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, will now have three cameras on the back, including a new, wider-angle one to squeeze more of the landscape into the picture. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Apple ups the stakes in streaming wars with $4.99 a month price for Apple TV+," 10 Sep. 2019 That’s a whole lot squeezed into a Season 2 premiere that also features the debut of Superboy (Joshua Orpin). David Betancourt, Washington Post, "‘Titans’ isn’t the best superhero show out there — but Season 2 is definitely worth watching," 6 Sep. 2019 If the Chargers can’t make up for James’ loss and the Chiefs can’t stop anybody, maybe then the Broncos can squeeze into the AFC wild-card picture. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Journal: 7 questions — and attempted answers — about the 2019 season," 6 Sep. 2019 The game was Brooklyn’s first home night game, and 38,748 fans had squeezed into Ebbets Field to witness the historic event. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Top games in Cincinnati Reds history No. 14: Johnny Vander Meer’s second no-hitter," 4 Sep. 2019 But the Rohingya — hundreds of thousands of whom are squeezed into overflowing camps in Bangladesh — balked, having received scant consultation about their own futures. New York Times, "Massacred at Home, in Misery Abroad, 730,000 Rohingya Are Mired in Hopelessness," 22 Aug. 2019 If the application process were squeezed into the existing timetable, some dons would have to spend the summer screening applicants rather than doing research (or enjoying the sun). The Economist, "Labour plans a shake-up of English university admissions," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If anything, Aminu can sometimes feel that squeeze on the other end of the floor, where his cuts, hustle plays, and iffy long-range shooting can only offer a team so much. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 The squeeze had been felt even in Ramtha sweet shops like the one run by Abu Walid Balqi. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "U.S. punishes Syria with sanctions — but allies like Jordan also pay a price," 10 Sep. 2019 The squeeze on returns tends to widen funding gaps, forcing managers or employers to inject more cash into the plans. Fortune, "Financial Security of Future Retirees in Jeopardy After ‘Financial Vandalism’ of Falling Yields," 27 Aug. 2019 The fatigue that set in while holding and varying a squeeze was surprising. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Activ5 device packs big punch as ‘tiny gym in your pocket’: Stretching Out," 1 Aug. 2019 Factors like gravity, faucet design and a drafty kitchen may have started the dripping, but all that matters in the end is the straightforward struggle between the squeeze of surface tension and the resistance of the neck’s inertia. Quanta Magazine, "Bubble Experiment Finds Universal Laws," 31 July 2019 So, a squeeze of lemon over roasted winter root vegetables (with their sugars caramelized from the heat of the oven) is the kind of bad math that works: 1+1=3. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Tips on complementing summer flavors in the kitchen," 23 July 2019 Longer lives, fewer opportunities Why is this squeeze happening now? Frank J. Infurna, Quartz, "The midlife crisis is getting worse," 20 July 2019 Longer lives, fewer opportunities Why is this squeeze happening now? Frank J. Infurna, The Conversation, "The real midlife crisis confronting many Americans," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of squeeze


circa 1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for squeeze


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

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English Language Learners Definition of squeeze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of squeeze (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ ˈskwēz How to pronounce squeeze (audio) \
squeezed; squeezing

Kids Definition of squeeze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of squeeze (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of compressing

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