\ 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 In some cases, rising prices might also squeeze investors looking to fix up properties to sell. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "Housing-Market Surge Is Making the Cheapest Homes the Hottest," 12 May 2021 And the hills of Northern Pennsylvania may squeeze out a couple of fleeting inches. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Rare Mother's Day snow possible from Illinois through Pennsylvania," 9 May 2021 Next, squeeze a tiny amount of the spackling compound into the hole. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Viral TikTok reveals a $6 product that fixes all the holes in your walls in seconds," 3 May 2021 Afterwards, rinse with warm water, squeeze out any excess water, and lay flat on a counter with the head of the brush hanging off the edge, so that it's suspended in the air. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "How Often Should You Be Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes? Here's the Gross Truth," 30 Apr. 2021 For the sake of happiness and productivity, our goal should not be to squeeze every second of distraction and leisure out of our days. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "Stop Spending Time on Things You Hate," 29 Apr. 2021 The spray cheese, however, was much more fun to squeeze the trigger on. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Kate Winslet reveals how her Mare of Easttown role marks a career first," 16 Apr. 2021 Drake was a bubble team that was one of the last four teams to squeeze into the field of 68. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NCAA Tournament Cinderella? Drake storms back to oust Wichita State in First Four play-in duel," 19 Mar. 2021 If the goal all along was to squeeze more commissions out of app downloads, that would be quite the long game. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Facebook and Apple Are Beefing Over the Future of the Internet," 29 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If Mason adjusts quickly and Boyle is fully recovered from his season-ending knee injury, Tomlinson could face a roster squeeze. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens roster projection: With draft over and Alejandro Villanueva signed, depth chart comes into focus," 5 May 2021 Serve immediately with a light squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "How to create a ‘salad pantry’ with basics for dressings, toppings and more," 4 May 2021 Spoon the salad into the lettuce cups, brighten with a light squeeze of lemon juice, if needed, and garnish with tarragon. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Cantaloupe and Green Tomato Salad," 22 Apr. 2021 The Twins will face a similar squeeze on their 40-man roster next week, when Nelson Cruz signs and becomes their 40th player, and another White Sox reliever, Alex Colome, signs his contract, forcing the team to cut a current player. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Twins claim reliever Ian Hamilton off waivers from Phillies," 5 Feb. 2021 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

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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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15 May 2021

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“Squeeze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeeze. Accessed 17 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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