- 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[intransitive, transitive] squat (something) to live in a building or on land which is not yours, without the owner’s permission They ended up squatting in the empty houses on Oxford Road. Wordfinderaccommodation, deed, home, house, lease, let, location, mortgage, squat, tenant Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘thrust down with force’): from Old French esquatir
BrE BrE//skwɒt//; NAmE NAmE//skwɑːt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squat
BrE BrE//skwɒt//; NAmE NAmE//skwɑːt//he / she / it squats
BrE BrE//skwɒts//; NAmE NAmE//skwɑːts//past simple squatted
BrE BrE//ˈskwɒtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːtɪd//past participle squatted
BrE BrE//ˈskwɒtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːtɪd//-ing form squatting
BrE BrE//ˈskwɒtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːtɪŋ//