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Definition of squat verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squat
    he / she / it squats
    past simple squatted
    -ing form squatting
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  1. 1[intransitive] squat (down) to sit on your heels with your knees bent up close to your body Children were squatting on the floor. When we saw them we squatted down behind a wall.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] squat (something) to live in a building or on land that is not yours, without the owner's permission They ended up squatting in the empty houses on the street.
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