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squarenoun [C]

uk   /skweər/  us   /skwer/
  • square noun [C] (SHAPE)

A2 a ​flatshape with four ​sides of ​equallength and four ​angles of 90°: First ​draw a square. It's a square-shaped ​room.
A2 any square-shaped ​object: When ​cooled, ​cut the ​chocolatebrownies into squares.
A2 an ​area of ​approximately square-shaped ​land in a ​city or a ​town, often ​including the ​buildings that ​surround it: Are they still ​living at 6 Eaton Square? A ​band were ​playing in the ​town square.
a ​particularspace on a ​board used for ​playinggames: She ​moved her ​castleforward three squares.
US a ​tool for ​drawing or ​testing a ​rightangle

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squareadjective

uk   /skweər/  us   /skwer/
  • square adjective (SHAPE)

A2 having the ​shape of a square: The ​reciperecommends that you use a square ​caketin. He's got that square-jawed ​masculinity that a lot of women ​seem to ​findattractive.
(written abbreviation sq., symbol 2) used with ​units of ​measurement of ​length to ​express the ​totalsize of an ​area: The ​floor is 3 m ​wide by 5 m ​long, so ​itstotalarea is 15 sq m. The ​city itself ​covers 13 square ​miles. Ensure that the ​exposedarea is less than 2 cm2.
Square is used ​immediately after ​measurements of ​length when ​expressing the ​length of the four ​sides of a square-shaped ​area: So you ​wantcarpet for a ​room that's eight ​metres square (= eight ​metreslong and eight ​metreswide).

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  • square adjective (EQUAL)

informal equal or ​level: Could you ​stand back from these ​shelves and ​tell me if they're square (= ​level)?
(all) square informal
If two ​people are all square, one of them has ​paid off a ​debt to the other and neither now ​owes or is ​owed any ​money.
If two ​teams or ​players are (all) square, they have an ​equalnumber of ​goals or ​points: They're all square at 30 ​points each.
  • square adjective (STRAIGHT)

in a ​straightline

squareverb

uk   /skweər/  us   /skwer/
(Definition of square from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"square" in American English

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squarenoun [C]

 us   /skweər/
  • square noun [C] (SHAPE)

geometry a ​flatshape with four ​sides of ​equallength and four ​angles of 90°, or an ​area or ​object having this ​shape
  • square noun [C] (PLACE)

a ​smallarea of ​openland in a ​city or ​town, often one in the ​shape of a square
  • square noun [C] (PERSON)

dated slang a ​person who is ​old-fashioned
  • square noun [C] (RESULT OF MULTIPLYING)

the ​result of ​multiplying a ​number by itself: The square of 7 is 49.

squareadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /skwer, skwær/
having all ​debtspaid or other ​mattersarrangedfairly: I ​paid last ​time, so if you ​pay now, we’re square.
square deal
A square ​deal is a ​fairagreement: All I ​want is a square ​deal.
having four ​sides of ​equallength and four ​angles of 90°: They set up the square ​cardtables for the ​bridgeplayers.
(abbreviation sq) A square ​unit of ​measurement is an ​area that is a ​particulardistancewide and the same ​distancelong: The ​box was three ​feet square. The ​correctfigure is 900 sq ​miles.

squareverb [T]

 us   /skwer, skwær/
  • square verb [T] (MULTIPLY)

mathematics to ​multiply a ​number by itself: Ten squared ​equals a hundred.
(Definition of square from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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squareadjective

uk   us   /skweər/ (written abbreviation UK sq, written abbreviation US sq.)
MEASURES, PROPERTY used before ​units of ​measurement to describe the ​size of an ​area, especially an ​area of ​land. An ​area of 100 square ​metres is ​equal in ​size to 100 squares with ​sides that are 1 ​metrelong: 100 square metres/kilometres/miles, etc. About 81,000 square ​metres of ​officespace is ​due to be completed in the City this ​year.100 square feet/foot/inches, etc. The ​house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in about 4,700 square ​feet. New Jersey has an ​average of well over 1,000 ​people per square ​mile. Permeable concrete ​costs about $9 per square ​foot.
[after noun] MEASURES used after ​units of ​measurement to describe the ​size of an ​area. An ​area of 10 ​metres square is ​equal in ​size to a square with ​sides that are 10 ​metreslong, or ​equal to 100 square ​metres: 10 metres/feet/foot, etc. square We will ​deliveritems to a ​maximumsize of three ​feet square.10 miles/kilometres, etc. square The city has a ​population of 1 million crammed into an ​area only a few ​miles square.
be (all) square
to be in a ​situation in which everyone or everything is ​equal and no one has an ​advantage over anyone else: Dealers ​claim that after Wednesday's bout of profit-taking, the ​market is 'all square' again.
if ​people are all square, all ​debts between them have been ​paid and no one ​owes or is ​owed any ​money: If I give you another $5, then we're all square.

squarenoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /skweər/
the ​result of ​multiplying a ​number by itself: The square of 7 is 49.
be back to square one informal
to not have made any ​progress after ​trying to ​succeed or ​achieve something: While congestion ​charging had an ​initialimpact, many cities are almost back to square one in ​terms of ​trafficvolumes.
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squareverb

uk   us   /skweər/
[T] FINANCE to ​reach an ​agreement with someone: square sth with sb The company's full-year ​results will be ​postponed until it has squared a new ​agreement with its ​lenders. A state-owned ​bank had to be ​brought in, in ​order to square the ​deal.
[I] (also square up) if two things that should be the same do not square, they seem different or show different ​results: A Superior Court ​judgeruled that the ​tape and the ​officers' ​reports "didn't square".
square the books
ACCOUNTING to make sure that you have ​paid all the ​money you ​owe, or that you have received all the ​money that other ​peopleowe you: Currency ​traders are squaring their ​booksahead of the ​longholidayweekend.
square the circle
to solve a very difficult ​situation or problem: He will have to square the circle of how to ​sell at ​currentprices while ​cutting the ​cost of ​production to make a ​profit.
(Definition of square from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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