There are 2 definitions of squash in English:


Syllabification: squash
Pronunciation: /skwäSH, skwôSH


[with object]
1Crush or squeeze (something) with force so that it becomes flat, soft, or out of shape: wash and squash the cans for the recycling bin (as adjective squashed) a squashed banana
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  • We now have fresh bread every breakfast, and it is not squashed flat in the shopping trolley.
  • I recycle as much of my household waste as possible, kitchen waste is composted, cans are squashed flat after removing bases, drink cans, newspapers and all other clean wastepaper placed in the relevant bins.
  • You are requested to wash and squash containers before putting them in the recycling bins.
crush, squeeze, flatten, compress, press, smash, distort, pound, trample, stamp on; pulp, mash, cream, liquidize, beat, pulverize
informal squish, squoosh, smoosh
1.1Squeeze or force (someone or something) into a small or restricted space: she squashed some of her clothes inside the bag
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  • As you know, airline seats occur in close proximity to each other in order to squash the greatest number of passengers into a small space.
  • The group appeared on GMTV together and while squashed on a sofa the girls said they were ‘shocked’ at the boys' antics.
  • It's weird to think that at any time, somewhere in the world, there are people riding through the night in aeroplanes, squashed up together in a big metal tube hurtling across the black sky, going somewhere or coming back home.
1.2 [no object] Make one’s way into a small or restricted space: I squashed into the middle of the crowd
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  • Apart from the lack of jobs, we are already over-populated and do not need to provide facilities to encourage even more people to squash into our valuable space.
  • Five of us squashed rapidly into a two man tent and despite the odds slept until daybreak.
  • ‘They would squash up in the car, so I could lie on the back seat,’ he says.
1.3Suppress, stifle, or subdue (a feeling, conjecture, or action): the mournful sound did nothing to squash her high spirits
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  • When she sends Guy off to war at the end of the first act, she projects so much youthful innocence and idealism that there's no way her happiness isn't going to be squashed by circumstance.
  • The bubbly romantic feelings Delaney was having were quickly squashed as she pulled out her palm pilot again and stared at Tanya's name.
  • Maya's excitement over their dinner guest wouldn't be squashed.
1.4Firmly reject (an idea or suggestion): the proposal was immediately squashed by the Historical Society
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  • His mother had immediately squashed that idea.
  • I squashed the idea as soon as it crossed my mind.
  • One benefit of the committee is that since ideas become public immediately, an individual idea can't be squashed by only one manager.
reject, block, cancel, scotch, frustrate, thwart, suppress, put a stop to, nip in the bud, put the lid on
informal put the kibosh on, stymie, scuttle, deep-six


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1 [in singular] A state of being squeezed or forced into a small or restricted space: it was a tight squash but he didn’t seem to mind
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  • Saturday morning all six of the Tate family piled into the car - it was a tight squash in the back seat.
  • It was a bit of a squash because it was a small car and three of us were in the back with Gabby's Mum, Cam and Dad, Tom in the front.
  • MK drove us all to Bar George (which was a bit of a squash with an extra bod in the car).
2chiefly British A concentrated liquid made from fruit juice and sugar, which is diluted to make a drink: orange squash
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  • It's much kinder to their teeth than juice or squash and fizzy drinks.
  • Fruit squash, even the high-fruit variety, is no substitute for fresh fruit juice.
  • Stay away from fizzy drinks, alcohol, and even squash as these drinks help to dehydrate you.
3 (also squash racquets) A game in which two players use rackets to hit a small, soft rubber ball against the walls of a closed court.
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  • Born and brought up in Sydney, Australia, he took up squash at the age of nine.
  • Moore kept up a vigorous training programme in retirement, jogging every day and playing golf, tennis and squash regularly.
  • Many of the best professional squash players living in America will be in attendance.
4 Biology A preparation of softened tissue that has been made thin for microscopic examination by gently compressing or tapping it.
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  • Polytene chromosome squashes were prepared according to SILVER and ELGIN 1978.
  • For immunolabeling, third instar mitotic squashes were prepared and hybridized as described.
  • Pachytene chromosomes were prepared using squashes of anthers from flowers fixed in 3: 1 ethanol to galacial acetic acid.


mid 16th century (as a verb): alteration of quash.

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There are 2 definitions of squash in English:


Syllabification: squash
Pronunciation: /

noun (plural same or squashes)

1An edible gourd, the flesh of which may be cooked and eaten as a vegetable.
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  • There's much more beta carotene in traditional crops, from leafy green vegetables to squashes, melons and mangoes.
  • Peel the squash then cut the flesh into chunks.
  • Many parents were unsure of how to prepare some of the fresh vegetables, such as eggplant and some squashes.
2The trailing plant of the gourd family that produces this fruit.
  • Genus Cucurbita, family Cucurbitaceae: many species and varieties, including the winter squashes and summer squashes
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  • Once soil temperatures reach 60 degrees, you can plant corn, beans, squash and cucumbers.
  • Both powdery mildew and downy mildew often infect squash plants as autumn nights grow cooler and dew keeps the foliage moist through the night.
  • Plant sweet corn in each of the first three weeks of June for multiple crops, and plant squash and cantaloupes up to June 20.


mid 17th century: abbreviation of Narragansett asquutasquash.

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