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squad

Syllabification: squad
Pronunciation: /skwäd
 
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Definition of squad in English:

noun

[treated as singular or plural]
1A small group of people having a particular task: an assassination squad
More example sentences
  • Surprised to be given a presidential pardon six years later, he is unaware that the CIA pressed for his release so as to enable other countries' assassination squads to eliminate him.
  • These paramilitary squads might engage in assassinations or kidnappings.
  • The agreement was that we all would go out in squads, search for things we would need, and hurry back to what we would now call the underground house, the safehouse.
Synonyms
team, crew, gang, band, cell, body, mob, outfit, force
1.1A small number of soldiers assembled for drill or assigned to some special task, especially an infantry unit forming part of a platoon.
Example sentences
  • Operated by a crew of three, the vehicle can carry a squad of seven infantry troops.
  • You barely know where you are, much less where your three platoons and associated infantry squads are located.
  • The marines are beginning to train their infantry squads to operate more independently.
Synonyms
detachment, detail, unit, platoon, battery, troop, patrol, squadron, cadre, commando, tiger team
1.2A group of sports players or competitors from which a team is chosen: eleven first-string players on the Nebraska squad
More example sentences
  • We have a lot of young players in the squad who will be better by the time the European Championships come round.
  • We have some quality players in our squad who will not be afraid of the big games having played in England and throughout Europe.
  • With so many new players in the squad Reynolds sees this short tour as essential in the build up to the coming season.
1.3A division of a police force dealing with a particular crime or type of crime: the narcotics crime squad
More example sentences
  • After being arrested they were both questioned by the island's serious crime squad then released on police bail.
  • It is used by all 48 UK police forces as well as Customs and Excise, Interpol and serious crime squads across Europe and the US.
  • Police Forensics squads are dusting the area for fingerprints.

Origin

mid 17th century: shortening of French escouade, variant of escadre, from Italian squadra 'square'.

Words that rhyme with squad

bod, clod, cod, god, hod, mod, nod, od, odd, plod, pod, prod, quad, quod, rod, scrod, shod, sod, tod, Todd, trod, wad

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