\ 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

Less than three weeks after scoring 54 points against the Chiefs, the Rams managed to squeeze out just six against Fangio’s Bears at Soldier Field. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "What’s the formula for a Bears rebound against the Broncos in Week 2 — and for the rest of the season?," 10 Sep. 2019 On the narrow Brickyard track, Johnson was getting squeezed out and spun into the grass before sliding up the track and into the outside wall. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Devastating crash keeps Jimmie Johnson out of NASCAR's playoffs for the first time in his career," 8 Sep. 2019 Despite just 176 total yards of offense, East Central did enough down the stretch to squeeze out a 10-7 overtime victory over visiting Harrison to improve to 3-0. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Week 2 takeaways: Turnarounds continue for Hamilton, Talawanda; Mr. Football showdown," 8 Sep. 2019 Allow the mixture to infuse for 15 to 30 minutes, then strain out the ginger, pressing gently on the solids to squeeze out any remaining liquid. M. Carrie Allan, The Denver Post, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 23 Aug. 2019 This frame queueing helped smooth out frame rates in cases where the system was temporarily overloaded for one reason or another, letting the GPU squeeze out a frame while the system played catch up. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "New Nvidia driver update cuts latency down to the bone (Updated)," 20 Aug. 2019 The confident cook Traditional recipes for panzanella, the tomato and bread salad from Tuscany, call for stale unsalted bread that is soaked in water, sometimes mixed with a little vinegar, squeezed out, and tossed with ripe tomatoes. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Ripe tomatoes, pickling cukes, and crispy croutons are tossed together in this panzanella," 19 Aug. 2019 Allow the mixture to infuse for 15 to 30 minutes, then strain out the ginger, pressing gently on the solids to squeeze out any remaining liquid. M. Carrie Allan, Twin Cities, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 19 Aug. 2019 Roll up zucchini in a kitchen towel or paper towels and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. 2. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Walnut zucchini cake is a sweet way to use up your summer squash," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The truth is, much of this angst is driven by the dominance of Amazon in the e-book market, which allows that behemoth to put the squeeze on publishers. John Warner, chicagotribune.com, "Macmillan spat over e-books highlights library woe — and that’s bad news for readers," 12 Aug. 2019 Corey Seager scored on a safety squeeze from Maeda. Los Angeles Times, "Kenta Maeda has best start in months in Dodgers’ win over the Diamondbacks," 10 Aug. 2019 Rising college costs, lost savings after the Great Recession, tight state budgets all have put the squeeze on student loan borrowers. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Can 2020 presidential election help you shake off student loan debt?," 25 July 2019 Costs for labor and other inputs are running higher at a time when companies are struggling to raise prices, putting the squeeze on profit margins. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "After Fed Euphoria, Weak Earnings Could Bring Down the Mood," 12 July 2019 Garcia eventually scored on a Willy Adames safety squeeze to give the Rays a 4-1 lead, which seemed safe until Castillo also walked two in his half of the ninth. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "A’s win on Matt Chapman walk-off homer to end a crazy ninth inning," 20 June 2019 The unusual pairing — with a squeeze of honey — make a standout dressing for summery zucchini and fresh green beans. Salted Tahini Doughnuts. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Tahini isn’t just for hummus. Here are 10 recipes to use up that jar.," 12 Aug. 2019 The bottle automatically doses the right amount of detergent with one squeeze. Alden Wicker, Vox, "Could just-add-water products save us?," 30 July 2019 First semester has proven to be a complicated scheduling squeeze as there are many days off, including Labor Day, two Jewish holidays and a week off for Thanksgiving. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "There’s no way around it: Palm Beach County schools still set to open Aug. 10 in 2020 and 2021," 16 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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to make a temporary encampment

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