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Meaning of “squash” in the English Dictionary

"squash" in British English

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squashverb

uk   /skwɒʃ/  us   /skwɑːʃ/
  • squash verb (MAKE FLAT)

B2 [T] to ​crush something into a ​flatshape: He ​accidentallysat on her ​hat and squashed it.

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  • squash verb (PUSH)

B2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to ​push yourself, a ​person, or thing into a ​smallspace: The ​room was so ​full you couldn't squash another ​person in. If you all squashed up (= ​movedcloser together), we could ​fit an ​extraperson in the ​car. He ​tried to squash his ​rippedjeans into the ​suitcase while his ​mother wasn't ​looking.

squashnoun

uk   /skwɒʃ/  us   /skwɑːʃ/
(Definition of squash from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"squash" in American English

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squashnoun

 us   /skwɑʃ, skwɔʃ/
  • squash noun (VEGETABLE)

[C/U] (plural squash or squashes) a ​vegetable with a hard ​skin and many ​seeds at ​itscenter
  • squash noun (SPORT)

[U] a ​gameplayed in an ​enclosedplayingarea between two or four ​people who use ​rackets (= ​tightlyfixednets in ​framesattached to ​longhandles) to ​hit a hard ​rubberball against a ​wall

squashverb

 us   /skwɑʃ, skwɔʃ/
  • squash verb (CRUSH)

[T] to ​press down or ​crush something so that it ​becomesflat: Kate squashed the ​papercup and ​dropped it into the ​trash can. [T] If you squash a ​plan or ​idea, you ​stop it ​completely and ​suddenly: Republicanleaders will ​probablytry to squash the ​taxcut.
  • squash verb (PUSH)

[I/T] to ​push a ​person or thing into a ​smallspace: [T] Four of us were squashed into the back ​seat of his ​car.
(Definition of squash from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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