\ ˈkram How to pronounce cram (audio) \
crammed; cramming

Definition of cram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pack tight : jam cram a suitcase with clothes a novel crammed with surprises
2a : to fill with food to satiety : stuff
b : to eat voraciously : bolt the child crams her food
3 : to thrust in or as if in a rough or forceful manner crammed the letters into his pocket
4 : to prepare hastily for an examination cram the students for the test

intransitive verb

1 : to eat greedily or to satiety : stuff
2 : to study a subject intensively especially for an imminent examination



Definition of cram (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a compressed multitude or crowd : crush
2 : last-minute study especially for an examination

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crammer noun

Synonyms for cram

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of cram in a Sentence

Verb He crammed the suitcase with his clothes. Before the trip I crammed my head with information about Spain. Noun battling the rush-hour cram in the subway
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tungsten, gold, and plutonium would all also be good values to cram into the flat-rate shipping box. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2022 Help lines go unanswered, ambulances take hours to come, patients cram into hospitals and mortuaries are running out of space. Natasha Khan, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 This has unfortunately led us to cram our wet hockey gear—with its stench—in the cabin. David Beard, Car and Driver, 11 Feb. 2022 Half the stadium remains scarred by engineering work, but the club had found a way to cram in 61,000 fans, its largest crowd in two years. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2022 Another way to think about it is that energy has to cram together more densely to form smaller objects. Quanta Magazine, 1 Mar. 2022 By attempting to make the investigations into January 6 an attack on discourse rather than a response to violence, the party is trying to cram the insurrection into a culture-wars framework. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 8 Feb. 2022 Pools and movie theaters are a dime a dozen these days as developers cram as many amenities into homes as possible, but one Temecula property comes with something way cooler: an observatory. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2022 Whaley and the 2-year-old would pretend to repair tricycles together or cram into the boy’s tiny green-and-black Monster Truck for a joyride down the driveway. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With no attendance limits in place, more than 300,000 cram into Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the Sunday before Memorial Day. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Feb. 2022 As farmers, goats, street vendors, chickens, scuba divers and more cram onto the bus, Khan squeezes in Swahili and Arabic words, and López loads head scarves and umbrellas with African patterns. Megan Gambino, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Dec. 2021 Authorities are also trying to rein in what the government sees as the excesses of society, including rabid celebrity fandom, academic cram schools and video gaming. Fortune, 11 Jan. 2022 And while players like LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo cram games with high-flying feats, Curry has elevated the humble jump shot into something special. New York Times, 14 Dec. 2021 The experts had cleared the 59% of Americans who are vaccinated to return to a semblance of pre-pandemic life — to board flights and cram into homes without masks for long-overdue reunions. Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 The experts had cleared the 59% of Americans who are vaccinated to return to a semblance of pre-pandemic life — to board flights and cram into homes without masks for long-overdue reunions. Jaweed Kaleem, Kurtis Lee And Molly Hennessy-fiske, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Dec. 2021 Since wealthy Chinese can afford individual tutors to replace cram school classes, middle-class families who can’t may end up losing out. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Oct. 2021 He was claimed off waivers from the Houston Texans last week had a cram session from Wednesday through the morning of the game to get ready to play against the Panthers. David Furones,, 2 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cram


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cram


Middle English crammen, from Old English crammian; akin to Old Norse kremja to squeeze

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\ ˈkram How to pronounce cram (audio) \
crammed; cramming

Kids Definition of cram

1 : to stuff or pack tightly … oh, the joy of being able to cram large pieces of something sweet … into one's mouth!— Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2 : to fill full I crammed my suitcase with clothes.
3 : to study hard just before a test

Cram biographical name (1)

\ ˈkram How to pronounce Cram (audio) \

Definition of Cram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Donald James 1919–2001 American chemist


biographical name (2)

Definition of Cram (Entry 2 of 2)

Ralph Adams 1863–1942 American architect and author

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