Definition of cram in English:


Syllabification: cram
Pronunciation: /kram

verb (crams, cramming, crammed)

  • 1 [with object] Completely fill (a place or container) to the point that it appears to be overflowing: the ashtray by the bed was crammed with cigarette butts
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    • The place is crammed with cinema memorabilia - room after room packed full of it.
    • The place was crammed with Turkish fans who couldn't wait for their heroes to become world champions.
    • The place is crammed with them, far too many to take in during one visit.
    fill, stuff, pack, jam, fill to overflowing, fill to the brim, overload; crowd, overcrowd
  • 1.1Force (people or things) into a place or container that is or appears to be too small to contain them: it’s amazing how you’ve managed to cram everyone in he crammed the sandwiches into his mouth figurative he had crammed so much into his short life
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    • There was a lifetimes worth of knowledge, all crammed into a room's worth of books.
    • Everyone has seen on television a packed football ground with 50,000 spectators crammed together.
    • When he observed the multitude of people crammed into the small space, he stopped short.
  • 1.2 [no object] (Of a number of people) enter a place or space that is or seems to be too small to accommodate all of them: they all crammed into the car
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    • Numbers of backers crammed into schools and auditoriums.
    • On the first night it was opened, twice that number of people crammed in.
    • My friends had invited me on a drive so we all crammed in the car and set off.
    crowd, pack, pile, squash, squish, squeeze, wedge oneself, force one's way
  • 2 [no object] Study intensively over a short period of time just before an examination: lectures were called off so students could cram for finals
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    • It was their final year of university and all the students were beginning to cram for final examinations.
    • There are too many students who believe in cramming rather than studying.
    • A familiar sight during the exam period; as drowsiness sets in, coffee helps a student stay awake and cram for those finals.
    study, review, bone up


Old English crammian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch krammen 'to cramp or clamp'.

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