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**1 ** : a four-sided shape that is made up of four straight sides that are the same length and that has four right angles *of* **2 ** : any of the squares on a board for playing games (such as chess and checkers) **3 ** mathematics : the number that results from multiplying a number by itself **4 ** : an open area in a village, city, etc., where two or more streets meet **5 ** somewhat old-fashioned, informal + disapproving : someone who does not like or try unusual things that other people consider exciting, interesting, etc. **6 ** technical : a flat tool that is used to mark or check angles ^{2}square/ˈskweɚ/adjective^{2}square**1 ** **a ** : shaped like a square : having four straight sides that are the same length and four right angles at each corner ** b ** : forming a right angle **2 ** — used to describe a measurement that is produced by multiplying something's length and width **3 ** : shaped more like a right angle than a curve **4 ** somewhat old-fashioned : honest and fair **5 ** somewhat old-fashioned, informal + disapproving — used to describe someone who does not like or try unusual things that other people consider exciting, interesting, etc. ## a square peg in a round hole

^{3}square/ˈskweɚ/verb^{3}square**1 ** : to make (something) square : to give (something) straight edges, flat surfaces, or sharp, even corners *off* **2 ** mathematics : to multiply (a number) by itself *(be) squared* **3 ** : to pay money that is owed for (something) *up* **4 ** : to make the score of (something, such as a game or series) the same : tie ## square away

[phrasal verb]## square off

[phrasal verb]**1 ** **a ** : to prepare to fight : to get into the position of two people who are going to fight each other ** b ** : to fight or argue — often + *against* **2 ** : to compete in a contest *against* ## square up

[phrasal verb]**1 ** : to turn so that you are facing something or someone directly **2 ** square up to (someone or something) : to begin to deal with (a difficult person or situation) in a direct way ## square with

[phrasal verb]**1 ** square with (something) : to agree with (something) **2 ** square (something) with (something) : to make (something) agree with (something) **3 ** square (something) with (someone) : to get agreement about or approval of (something) from (someone) ## square yourself

## square your shoulders

^{4}square/ˈskweɚ/adverb^{4}square

pluralsquares

pluralsquares

Learner's definition of SQUARE

[count]

- The fabric is decorated with circles and
*squares*. - Cut the brownies into
*squares*.

- a
*square of*tile/cloth

- The board has red and black
*squares*.

— see picture at chess

- The
*square*of 2 [=2₂] is 4. [=2 x 2 = 4]

— compare ^{1}cube 2

- The bank is located at the main
*square*. - the market/town
*square*

- Don't be such a
*square*. Let's try something different for a change.

- a carpenter's
*square*

squarer; squarest

/ˈskweɚ/

adjective

squarer; squarest

Learner's definition of SQUARE

[also more square; most square]

- The room is
*square*. - a
*square*box

- The room has four
*square*corners. - Make sure the post is
*square*to the floor. [=make sure that there is a right angle where the post and the floor meet]

- a tile measuring one
*square*foot [=a tile that is one foot long and one foot wide] - a
*square*inch/meter/mile

— compare cubic

- a
*square*jaw *square*shoulders

◊ This sense of *square* often suggests strength and toughness.

- a
*square*deal - She is
*square*in all her dealings.

— see also fair and square at ^{1}fair

- He's nice but he's kind of
*square*.

— see ^{1}peg

squares; squared; squaring

/ˈskweɚ/

verb

squares; squared; squaring

Learner's definition of SQUARE

[+ object]

- The machine
*squares*the wood into flat boards.

- I still need to
*square off*the end of the board.

- If you
*square*3, you get 9.

- 3
*squared*is/equals 9. [=3 x 3 = 9]

— compare ^{2}cube 2

- We
*squared*[=*settled*] our accounts.

- Is this enough money to
*square up*my part of the bill?

- The goal
*squared*the game 2–2. - Their win
*squares*the series at three games apiece.

square (something) awayUS or square away (something)

: to put (something) in an organized and proper state or condition — often used as *(be/get) squared away*

- I need to
*get*my work*squared away*[=*taken care of*] before I leave for vacation. - I can finally relax since everything
*is squared away*.

- The two men
*squared off*, but no punches were thrown.

- They
*squared off against*each other in a heated debate.

- The two teams will
*square off*again tomorrow.

- They
*squared off against*each other in the election.

— see also ^{3}square 1 (above)

- She
*squared up*(with/to the basket) for a three-point shot. - They
*squared up*for a fight. [=they faced each other and prepared to fight]

— see also ^{3}square 3 (above)

- We need to
*square up to*this problem. - He's finally
*squaring up to*his critics.

- Your story doesn't
*square with*the facts.

- How can they
*square*what they've done*with*what they've said?

- I'll go on the trip if I can square it with my parents. [=if my parents will agree to let me go]

: to turn so that you are facing something or someone directly

- He
*squared himself*and prepared for the hit.

: to stand with your shoulders pulled back in a straight line in a way that shows you are ready to do or deal with something directly

- She stood up straight and
*squared her shoulders*.

/ˈskweɚ/

adverb

Learner's definition of SQUARE

: in a direct way

- She ran
*square*[=*directly, right*] into me. - Look (at) me
*square*in the eye and tell me you're not lying.

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