squeeze - definition in the American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “squeeze”

See all translations

squeeze

verb  us   /skwiz/

squeeze verb (PRESS TOGETHER)

[T] to press something firmly, or to force something out, esp. a liquid, by pressing: Bake for 15 minutes, then squeeze the cloves to get the softened garlic out. I squeezed her shoulder (= pressed it affectionately with a hand).

squeeze verb (FORCE INTO)

[always + adv/prep] to force someone or something into a small space or a short period of time: [I] I’m just not able to squeeze into last year’s swimsuit. [T] She’s asking me to squeeze a shopping trip into my day off. [M] You can squeeze in six people at the table.

squeeze

noun  us   /skwiz/

squeeze noun (PRESSING TOGETHER)

[C] the act of pressing something firmly: I gave his shoulder a squeeze. fig. State parks will feel the squeeze from budget cuts (= the cuts will have a limiting effect).

squeeze noun (FORCING INTO A SPACE)

[C usually sing] the act of forcing someone or something into a small space, often by pushing or pressing: It’ll be a tight squeeze with four other people in the car, but I’ll give you a lift.
(Definition of squeeze from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of squeeze?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “squeeze” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

force

physical, especially violent, strength, or power

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

Evel abbreviation

May 04, 2015
English votes for English laws; the idea that only English (as opposed to Scottish, Welsh or Irish) MPs should be allowed to vote for laws that affect only England Yet these are the two principal constitutional proposals that have come from the Conservative party in its kneejerk response to Ukip’s English nationalism and

Read More