- 1[transitive] to press something so that it becomes soft, damaged or flat, or changes shape squash something/somebody The tomatoes at the bottom of the bag had been squashed. Move up—you’re squashing me! squash something against something He squashed his nose against the window. squash something + adj. Squash your cans flat before recycling.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to push somebody/something or yourself into a space that is too small + adv./prep. We all squashed into the back of the car. squash somebody/something + adv./prep. How many people are they going to try and squash into this bus? She was squashed between the door and the table. There were dozens of us in the room, squashed together like sardines.
- 3[transitive] squash something to stop something from continuing; to destroy something because it is a problem for you synonym quash to squash a plan/an idea/a revolt If parents don't answer children's questions, their natural curiosity will be squashed. The statement was an attempt to squash the rumours. Word Originverb mid 16th cent. (as a verb): alteration of quash. Phrasal Verbssquash up
BrE BrE//skwɒʃ//; NAmE NAmE//skwɑːʃ//, NAmE//skwɔːʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squash
BrE BrE//skwɒʃ//; NAmE NAmE//skwɑːʃ//, NAmE//skwɔːʃ//he / she / it squashes
BrE BrE//ˈskwɒʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːʃɪz//, NAmE//ˈskwɔːʃɪz//past simple squashed
BrE BrE//skwɒʃt//; NAmE NAmE//skwɑːʃt//, NAmE//skwɔːʃt//past participle squashed
BrE BrE//skwɒʃt//; NAmE NAmE//skwɑːʃt//, NAmE//skwɔːʃt//-ing form squashing
BrE BrE//ˈskwɒʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːʃɪŋ//, NAmE//ˈskwɔːʃɪŋ//