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cram

verb \ ˈkram \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of cram

crammed; cramming
transitive verb
1 :to pack tight :jam
  • cram a suitcase with clothes
  • a novel crammed with surprises
2 a :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

crammer

noun

Examples of cram in a Sentence

  1. He crammed the suitcase with his clothes.

  2. Before the trip I crammed my head with information about Spain.

Recent Examples of cram from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of cram

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

cram Synonyms


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cram

noun

Definition of cram

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

Examples of cram in a Sentence

  1. battling the rush-hour cram in the subway

Recent Examples of cram from the Web

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First Known Use of cram

1810

cram Synonyms


Cram

biographical name \ ˈkram \

Definition of Cram

Donald James 1919–2001 American chemist

Cram

biographical name

Definition of Cram

Ralph Adams 1863–1942 American architect and author


CRAM Defined for English Language Learners

cram

verb

Definition of cram for English Language Learners

  • : to fill (something) so that there is no room for anything else : to fill (something) completely

  • : to push or force (someone or something) into a space that is tight or crowded

  • : to push or force yourself into a space that is tight or crowded


cram

noun

Definition of cram for English Language Learners

  • : a quick period of study in order to learn a lot of information quickly for a test, exam, etc.


CRAM Defined for Kids

cram

verb \ ˈkram \

Definition of cram for Students

crammed; cramming
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


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