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

Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of water, and squeeze in a little lemon juice. Glamour, "8 Genius Tips That’ll Give You Clearer Skin for Free," 26 Mar. 2019 Although pneumonia is no laughing matter, Whoopi still managed to squeeze in a joke while talking about her recovery. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Meghan McCain LOST It After Whoopi Goldberg Returned to Give a Health Update," 14 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, finely grate zest of half of lemon into a bowl, then squeeze in 1 Tbsp juice. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spiced Roast Chicken with Caramelized Carrots and Shallots," 15 Feb. 2019 No actual lemons ended up being squeezed in the making of this drink. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Instead of lemonade, try a hibiscus-lime Arnold Palmer," 20 June 2018 The downside The Jetta’s good fuel economy comes in part at the cost of noticeable engine vibration, as the transmission holds higher gears at low rpm to squeeze maximum distance from every gallon of gasoline. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 2019 Jetta is Volkswagen’s best compact sedan," 12 July 2018 Then, during the twisting portion, make sure that your thighs stay squeezed together and that your knees point out straight so that the twist comes from your obliques, not your hips, says Mansour. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Entire Core With This Stability Ball Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Astrid Swan," 10 Apr. 2019 Stir in 1 cup cream until just incorporated, no dry crumbs remain at bottom of bowl, and dough holds together when squeezed. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Ham and Cheese Scones," 7 Mar. 2019 Mix together freshly squeezed lemon juice with a few teaspoons of baking soda until the powder becomes a paste — the lemon juice is an ultra-mild lightener and the baking soda is a natural exfoliant. Seventeen.com Editors, Seventeen, "50 Life-Changing Prom Beauty Tips You Haven't Heard Before," 19 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Finely grate zest of remaining lemon into a food processor and squeeze in 3 Tbsp juice. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Salmon with Creamy Feta Cucumbers," 29 Apr. 2019 Once cool, squeeze over the beer so that the oils dust the top. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cook Anything with a Torch," 8 Feb. 2019 These alleged squeezes didn’t just happen when Bush was young: As reported by Deadspin, the allegations have continued into his old age. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "8 Men Whose Sexual Misconduct Allegations Prove It's Long Been a Big Part of U.S. Politics," 12 Oct. 2018 But that swing-open tailgate is an odd choice for a car that's otherwise optimized for tight squeezes. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: Ford crosses over into the mini-SUV segment with tiny EcoSport," 19 Sep. 2018 Kim at a lubricant factory The leader was all smiles while watching an unknown substance squeeze out of a machine and into a blue canister at the Chonji Lubricant Factory. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Kim Jong Un's bizarre North Korea propaganda photos," 13 Aug. 2018 Both hands on hips, which can sneak around their lower back to squeeze. Bernadette Anat, Seventeen, "How to Kiss: 20 Secrets Good Kissers Know," 2 Aug. 2018 Kyle Higashioka followed with a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right, and Tyler Wade brought in another run with a safety squeeze. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Sabathia cruises in return from angioplasty, Yanks 1-hit CHW," 13 Apr. 2019 This debate is distracting from some of Tesla’s bigger issues Musk’s will-they-or-won’t-they dance on Tesla going private also distracts from what many analysts say is a more pressing issue: The company is in the midst of a cash squeeze. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Elon Musk’s (probably serious) proposal to take Tesla private and the fallout, explained," 18 Aug. 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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