squeeze

verb
\ 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

squeeze

noun

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

Verb

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

Verb

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.

Noun

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

The surgery itself is very satisfying — 11 minutes of Dr. Lee squeezing and yanking yellow, squishy flesh from under the skin. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "The 7 Biggest Dr. Pimple Popper Lipoma Extractions Ever," 5 July 2019 Super simple recipe: fill a Collins glass with ice, add two ounces of your favorite tequila, a few shakes of salt directly into the glass, squeeze two wedges of lime, and fill with the grapefruit soda Squirt. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds rebuild not over but David Bell has players' attention," 19 June 2019 Trump withdrew America last year from the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran reached with world powers and recently imposed a series of sanctions now squeezing its beleaguered economy and cutting deeply into its oil exports. Washington Post, "Crew members of targeted Norwegian-owned tanker now in Dubai," 15 June 2019 Rinse and squeeze the water out of the laces and lay them flat to dry. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean White Converse Sneakers, According to the Experts," 20 May 2019 Laboratory analyses corroborated their field conclusion: Eons of geologic activity squeezed and baked lifeless rocks into faux fossils. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "Are the Oldest Fossils Real - Or Just Rocks?," 7 May 2019 The Trump administration is expected to make the declaration on Monday in an effort to squeeze the IRGC’s financial resources and shrink its military presence in the Middle East. Aresu Eqbali, WSJ, "Iran Warns U.S. Over Plan to Brand Guards as a Terrorist Group," 7 Apr. 2019 So, Jenny had to take a break from squeezing her husband Donnie Wahlberg's head and watch something else instead. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Jenny McCarthy Sent an Emotional Video to Donnie Wahlberg and He Shared It With Everyone," 30 Jan. 2019 And in the lab, Jacobsen (who was Smyth’s graduate student in the 1990s) would squeeze and heat bits of ringwoodite to mimic the extreme conditions of the transition zone. Quanta Magazine, "The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fiscal strains associated with increasing employee pension and law enforcement costs are putting a real squeeze on a proposed $102.7 million 2019-20 budget to be reviewed Tuesday night by the City Council. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Poway council to review tight budget for coming year," 12 June 2019 Strawberries, dried fruit, a squeeze of honey or agave syrup can help add pleasant sweet notes to your greens. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "How to Make Your Store-Bought Lunch Salad a Little Less Depressing," 19 June 2018 The squeeze on spoiled royals has helped to soothe public frustration. The Economist, "Taxing timesA new levy is one step towards fixing Saudi Arabia’s fiscal woes," 13 Jan. 2018 Second only to a mere squeeze of fresh lemon, a trickle of extra virgin olive oil may be the simplest sauce. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "The art of finishing sauces for fish," 5 June 2019 Just add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to perk them up. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "The Perfect Pie for Less-Than-Perfect Berries," 29 June 2018 The middle-class wage squeeze is affecting an unlikely group: Hollywood movie and television writers, who are threatening to fire their agents en masse over what their union calls unfair business practices. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Labor Action, With a Hollywood Twist: Screenwriters Threaten to Fire Their Agents," 29 Mar. 2019 The time squeeze didn't hamper their quest in the end, and The New York Times hailed their accomplishments in a report that featured quotes from a few Navy officials denying the mission's true intent. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Hunt for the Titanic Was Actually a Hunt for Lost U.S. Nuclear Submarines," 17 Dec. 2018 In fact, the Spanish authorities have been flouting their own migration protocols because of the squeeze on their staff and infrastructure. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Spain’s Migrant Wave Grows, Even as Europe’s Subsides," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of squeeze

Verb

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

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for squeeze

Verb

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

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squeeze

verb

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

squeeze

noun

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

squeeze

verb
\ 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.

squeeze

noun

Kids Definition of squeeze (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of compressing

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