Definition of four-square in English:



  • 1(of a building or structure) having a square shape and solid appearance.

    • ‘Nothing remains of these early structures and the present massive, four-square castle-palace dates back to the reign of Charles V.’
    • ‘Low, massive, four-square steel sculptures are arranged in a grid.’
    • ‘It is just too blocky, too bulky, a very four-square building.’
    • ‘Bohlin used a basic four-square layout, positioning rooms symmetrically around the cast concrete monolith.’
    1. 1.1(of a person or quality) firm and resolute.
      ‘a four-square and formidable hero’
      • ‘Like its predecessor, Stingray was built around some very simple elements - a four-square hero, a fantastic craft which lends its name to the show and a mix of fast-paced action and innocent humour.’
      determined, purposeful, purposive, resolved, decided, adamant, single-minded, firm, unswerving, unwavering, undaunted, fixed, set, intent, insistent
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  • 1Squarely and solidly.

    ‘a castle standing four-square and isolated on a peninsula’
    • ‘This bill delivers four-square on our promise to protect public access and clarify ownership.’
    • ‘Einstein is four-square in the camp of Bernoulli and de Moivre.’
    • ‘The tradition stands four-square against it, on all fronts.’
    1. 1.1Firmly or resolutely, especially in support of someone or something.
      ‘they stand four-square behind integration’
      • ‘This year's only new theme is corporate corruption - which everybody's four-square against.’
      • ‘I stand four-square for reason, and object to what seems to me to be irrationality, whatever the source.’
      • ‘But now the club is defiantly back on its own two feet and is standing four-square to enter a new headquarters, which is hoped will signal a new era of success.’
      • ‘As a result, he is now four-square behind the controversial plan under which smokers in bars would have to step outside if they wanted to light up.’
      • ‘She says she was four-square behind the campaign to wring as much money from the clubs as possible in order to help fund players in the lower leagues who fall on hard times.’
      • ‘All of the four major-party candidates are four-square in favor of executing.’