\ 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 squeeze (audio) \ noun
squeezable \ ˈskwē-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce squeeze (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 From remaining lemon, finely grate 1 teaspoon zest and squeeze 4 tablespoons juice. Taylor Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Chicken Skewers and Kale Caesar," 20 Apr. 2021 Then gather it into a ball and squeeze the juice into the bowl. Katy Severson, chicagotribune.com, "How to make beet juice," 17 Apr. 2021 Cut 2 lemons in half and squeeze the juice into a large bowl of ice water, then toss the halves in. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A guide to get easily to the heart of an artichoke," 22 Mar. 2021 Then, halve the lemon and squeeze the juice into the water. Washington Post, "How to prep, cook and enjoy stuffed artichokes," 11 Mar. 2021 Zest the lime on top, then halve the lime and squeeze lime juice on top, to taste. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "5 dishes to cook for the 4th of July," 1 July 2020 Travis was even caught on video taking a moment to squeeze Kylie's butt, but the beauty mogul didn't seem to mind one bit. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott's Relationship," 5 June 2020 Otherwise, fill the sink with cool, clear water, immerse the garment and squeeze the water through to rinse. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Do Laundry: A Step-by-Step Guide on the Right Way to Sort, Wash and Dry," 30 Mar. 2021 The set includes six foam balls—just squeeze and shoot! Lindsey Hunter Lopez, USA TODAY, "20 best Easter gifts for teens of 2021," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Davies helped himself, putting down a safety squeeze to get the Cubs on the scoreboard in the third, making it 2-1. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, "‘I think it’s garbage’: Chicago Cubs take exception to Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett’s post-strikeout celebration as the benches clear," 2 May 2021 Use both hands to tightly roll the kimbap up, starting from the shorter side, and then give it a light squeeze to shape and tuck the entire roll in place. Justine Lee, Bon Appétit, "I Make Mayak Kimbap When I Want to Teleport to the Streets of Korea," 27 Apr. 2021 For a few days, there’ll be something of a tight squeeze on the station, which typically contains six people. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "SpaceX launches astronauts to the International Space Station," 23 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, consumer demand for everything from personal protective equipment to vehicles has surged, putting a squeeze on the sector. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Job growth in the U.S. is booming — here's which industries are leading the rebound," 20 Apr. 2021 To skin each beet, wrap it in a paper towel and give it a gentle squeeze. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Vegan cookbook from Wildseed chef in San Francisco gets creative. Here are 5 tips," 12 Apr. 2021 The choano could even readily switch between crawling and swimming to get out of a tight squeeze in their watery environment. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Bizarre, bloblike motion of microscopic creature may give clues to early animal movement," 24 Feb. 2021 Financially, the sacrifices this year will put a tight squeeze on the tournament for years to come. Justin Bergman, Star Tribune, "Tourney director on planning Slam in pandemic: 'relentless'," 14 Feb. 2021 Howes squared to bunt on a safety squeeze, but Coxon‘s pitch was low and outside. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "Siano pitches, hits Havre de Grace to win over Aberdeen in Cal Ripkien Sr. ‘Fungo’ baseball game," 16 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of squeeze was circa 1601

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3 May 2021

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“Squeeze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeeze. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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