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According to JMDict both 搾る and 絞る mean squeeze. Is there a difference in their usage? I noticed that 搾る is used to describe the process of beer making, can 絞る be used alternatively in this case?

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  • 搾る = milking, squeeze,

  • 絞る = wring something dry out, narrow down, (voice/volume of audio) turn down, squeeze

When you squeeze a lemon 絞る and 搾る are both right.

When you say, Turn the radio down ラジオの音量を絞る

When you say, To get milk from cow 牛乳を搾る

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搾る = squeeze

絞る = squeeze + twist

e.g.

  • 乳搾り

  • 雑巾絞り

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