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square

3 verb
     
Related topics: Maths, Numbers
square3 [transitive]
1

multiply

HM to multiply a number by itself
2

in a competition

DS British English to win a point or game so that you have now won the same number of points or games as the other team or player:
India won the second match to square the series at one each.
3

square your shoulders

to stand straight and push your shoulders back, usually to show your determination
4

make something straight

to make something straight or parallel
5

square the circle

to attempt something impossible

square something ↔ away

phrasal verb
to finish something, especially by putting the last details in order:
Get your work squared away before you leave.

square off

phrasal verb
1

square something ↔ off

to make something have neat corners
2 American English to get ready to fight someone

square up

phrasal verb
1 to pay money that you owe:
I'll pay for the drinks and you can square up later.
2 British English to get ready to fight someone
square up to
The two lads squared up to each other.
3

square up to somebody/something

to deal with a difficult situation or person in a determined way

square with something

phrasal verb
1

square (something) with something

if you square two ideas, statements etc with each other or if they square with each other, they are considered to be in agreement:
His story simply does not square with the facts.
How do you square that with your religious beliefs?
square something with your conscience (=make yourself believe that what you are doing is morally right)
2

square something with somebody

British English to persuade someone to agree to something:
I'll take the day off if I can square it with my boss.

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