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squat

verb uk   /skwɒt/ us    /skwɑːt/ (-tt-)

squat verb (SIT)

[I] to position yourself close to the ground balancing on the front part of your feet with your legs bent under your body: She squatted on the ground and warmed her hands by the fire. He squatted down and examined the front wheel of his bike.

squat verb (LIVE)

[I or T] to live in an empty building or area of land without the permission of the owner: They squatted (in) an old house in King's Cross when their money ran out.

squat

adjective uk   /skwɒt/ us    /skwɑːt/ (squatter, squattest)
short and wide, usually in a way that is not attractive: a row of ugly, squat houses a heavily built, squat man

squat

noun uk   /skwɒt/ us    /skwɑːt/

squat noun (SITTING)

[C] a squatting position or exercise

squat noun (PLACE TO LIVE)

[C] the place that you live in when you are squatting: They're living in a damp squat with no electricity.

squat noun (ANYTHING)

[U] US slang anything: She shouldn't talk - she doesn't know squat about it. His opinion isn't worth squat.
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