Definition of squad in English:



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  • 1A small group of people having a particular task.

    ‘an assassination squad’
    • ‘Surprised to be given a presidential pardon six years later, he is unaware that the CIA pressed for his release so as to enable other countries' assassination squads to eliminate him.’
    • ‘These paramilitary squads might engage in assassinations or kidnappings.’
    • ‘The agreement was that we all would go out in squads, search for things we would need, and hurry back to what we would now call the underground house, the safehouse.’
    • ‘We notified the local fire departments and emergency squads to form search parties.’
    • ‘But motorists and other travellers will consider it evident that the road squads, however hard they worked, were responding to the weather when they should have anticipated it sooner.’
    • ‘Remind her that try-outs for next year's cheerleading squad are this month.’
    • ‘Alison had even joined the cheerleading squad to get him to notice her.’
    • ‘There were two loud thumps on the door, and then it burst open, revealing a squad of five policemen.’
    • ‘After a night of no sleep and mopping the flat, I had a delightful day of dealing with various squads of plumbers.’
    • ‘It was manned by seven St John Ambulance first-aiders working closely with a squad of uniformed police.’
    • ‘These meals are made possible by the generosity of a squad of volunteer cooks.’
    • ‘During the course of this morning a squad of cleaners will be sent in to make the place spotless.’
    • ‘They are spending an estimated £ 2,700 a day on a squad of translators because so many construction workers do not speak English.’
    group, gang, band, body, crew, team, mob, crowd, outfit, force
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    1. 1.1A small number of soldiers assembled for drill or assigned to a special task.
      ‘the demolition squad from No. 6 Troop were blowing up the guns’
      • ‘Operated by a crew of three, the vehicle can carry a squad of seven infantry troops.’
      • ‘You barely know where you are, much less where your three platoons and associated infantry squads are located.’
      • ‘The marines are beginning to train their infantry squads to operate more independently.’
      • ‘Do squads or platoons composed solely of contract soldiers perform better than conscripts?’
      • ‘After more than 20 years in uniform, I am convinced that half the battle is letting your squads and platoons fight.’
      • ‘It is our tank sections and infantry squads that invariably make contact with hostile forces, not companies or battalions.’
      • ‘When I was a company commander, my company had nine ten-man sapper squads.’
      • ‘The 1943 company had three infantry platoons, each with three rifle squads, a light machine gun squad, and a 60 mm mortar squad.’
      • ‘Those squads and platoons that possessed leaders with initiative and an understanding of the commander's intent succeeded while others failed.’
      • ‘Two or more squads make up a platoon, which usually has 16 to 44 soldiers and is led by a lieutenant.’
      • ‘The navy bomb disposal squad from the Ordnance Department was called in to remove the threat.’
      • ‘Nimble German infantry mortar squads inflicted 70% of Allied casualties during the Battle of Normandy.’
      • ‘The women are not walking point or leading infantry squads in the assault, but their secondary role is no less important to the success or failure of a mission here.’
      • ‘We came up with the Men of Valor concept as a set of games that would focus on authentic portrayals of infantry squads in armed conflicts.’
      • ‘The army's bomb disposal squad, based in Liverpool, was sent to the hotel.’
      • ‘After the alarm was raised on Friday an army bomb disposal squad was called to investigate a suspect package found in the car.’
      • ‘A cordon was put in place and the army bomb disposal squad carried out a controlled explosion.’
      • ‘He was in charge of an engineer demolition squad attached to an infantry company which was committed to dislodge the enemy from a vital hill.’
      detachment, detail, platoon, battery, troop, patrol, squadron, cadre, commando
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    2. 1.2A group of sports players from which a team is chosen.
      ‘Ireland's World Cup squad’
      • ‘We have a lot of young players in the squad who will be better by the time the European Championships come round.’
      • ‘We have some quality players in our squad who will not be afraid of the big games having played in England and throughout Europe.’
      • ‘With so many new players in the squad Reynolds sees this short tour as essential in the build up to the coming season.’
      • ‘Mark Hughes has done a terrific job and it's easy to see why he has the respect of all the players on the squad.’
      • ‘He is so enthusiastic about the game and that enthusiasm tends to rub off on all the players in the squad.’
      • ‘I do feel more responsible as we have a lot of young players in our squad and you have to lead by example.’
      • ‘Noble has spoken to every player in the squad to explain what is expected of them.’
      • ‘If that is the case I would be more than ready to include one or more new players in the squad.’
      • ‘He has added three or four players to the squad and it has made a big difference to us.’
      • ‘A veteran himself at 35 Wayne could prove to be a valuable addition to the club and a possible for the first team squad.’
      • ‘Qualifying for the World Championship is a dream for any national squad in any sport.’
      • ‘Sertori admitted a virtually injury-free squad had helped City stretch their unbeaten run to six games.’
      • ‘His argument was that relegation created financial uncertainty, resulting in teams not being able to build for the future, both in terms of facilities and squads, as stability was not a guarantee.’
      • ‘England put a lot of time into selecting their various tour squads this week but they may still have missed a trick by not including Yorkshire captain Anthony McGrath in the Test party for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.’
      • ‘The British Olympic trials in 2000 only earned him a place in a relay squad, with no guarantee of a swim.’
      • ‘We have assembled a squad of players I believe will be able to do very well in Australia.’
      • ‘Apart from this, South Africa has named a full-strength squad to take on the Zimbabweans.’
      • ‘England will also name a one-day squad to play a five-match series after the Tests.’
      • ‘Seven Manchester United players have been called into the England squad for the friendly against Holland.’
      • ‘McGeechan will name his World Cup squad on Tuesday and no-one can envy his task over the next two days.’
    3. 1.3A division of a police force dealing with a particular type of crime.
      ‘the vice squad’
      • ‘After being arrested they were both questioned by the island's serious crime squad then released on police bail.’
      • ‘It is used by all 48 UK police forces as well as Customs and Excise, Interpol and serious crime squads across Europe and the US.’
      • ‘Police Forensics squads are dusting the area for fingerprints.’
      • ‘The violence came after a group of protesters marching with about 3,000 demonstrators threw petrol bombs and red paint at riot squads, injuring one police officer.’
      • ‘Violent clashes took place between riot squads and protesting police officers that had blocked the entrance to Greece's finance ministry.’
      • ‘He was a detective in the old Serious Crime and Murder squads.’
      • ‘Over the next three hours, squads of military police armed with submachine guns and bullet-proof vests and helmets arrived outside the supermarket.’
      • ‘Police search squads were also continuing their examination of Allington Lane where her body was found.’
      • ‘They were both members of the homicide squad in the Dallas Police Department.’
      • ‘They also met Harare police's homicide squad, who handed over a copy of their murder file.’
      • ‘The refineries at Barrancabermeja and Cartagena are surrounded by police riot squads and military units.’
      • ‘The FBI has computer crime squads in all the major metropolitan areas in the United States.’
      • ‘But we already have a national criminal intelligence service and a national crime squad.’
      • ‘After nine years in Swindon on the regional crime squad, he moved to Chippenham in 1980.’
      • ‘Sam said the crime squad had promised to donate half the total to charity.’
      • ‘The police's stolen vehicle squad was present to examine the chassis numbers of suspect motors.’
      • ‘The government will allocate a total of $1.3 billion over five years for police, anti-terrorism squads and security intelligence services.’
      • ‘This retreat was followed by the calling in of mounted police and black-suited riot squads to attack demonstrators with batons and pepper spray.’
      • ‘Chris Henderson's squad of undercover narcotics officers was finding the going tough.’
      • ‘Police deployed riot squads and opened fire on the protesters with water cannons.’
    4. 1.4informal A person's circle of close friends.
      ‘the 39-year-old actress and her squad snapped some pics together after the show’
      • ‘Even if I had the most perfect squad tomorrow, complete with flawless Instagram stories, it would not bring satisfaction or lasting joy.’
      • ‘For as long as I can remember, I've had friends but no single squad—I'm a floater.’
      • ‘Mom Squads are ready to go out for a drink or, better yet, come over in their pj’s to relish being able to guzzle cheap wine, chat, and stuff your faces without being interrupted to break up fights.’
      • ‘Black women and men are empowered by their squads that they’ve found in this life that is inundated by racism, sexism and elitism.’
      • ‘Are you looking for your long-lost girl squad, for girls' night out, girls' night in, brunch, and everything in between?’
      • ‘These celebrity squads have each other’s backs on stage at performances and award shows, making cameos in music videos or just cooking together at home.’
      • ‘Taylor Swift's girl squad is already the world's most famous friendship group.’
      • ‘This squad we’ve formed is solid, and I could not ask for better friends.’
      • ‘I'm going to prom with year with a group of friends, most of my squad.’
      • ‘I never really truly found my squad—I bounced from best friend to best friend.’
      group, set, ring, company, body, coterie, clique
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Mid 17th century shortening of French escouade, variant of escadre, from Italian squadra ‘square’.