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jam

noun uk   us   /dʒæm/

jam noun (FOOD)

A2 [C or U] a sweet, soft food made by cooking fruit with sugar to preserve it. It is eaten on bread: strawberry/raspberry jam jam sandwiches
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jam noun (ON A ROAD)

B2 [C] →  traffic jam : We were stuck in a jam for two hours.

jam noun (BLOCK)

C1 [C] something that is stuck in a machine, or that prevents the parts of a machine from moving: She fed the documents into the machine making sure that there were no paper jams.

jam noun (DIFFICULT SITUATION)

[S] informal a difficult situation: I'm in a jam - could you lend me some money till next week? How are we going to get ourselves out of this jam?

jam noun (NO SPACE)

[S] a situation in which a lot of people are in a small space: It's a real jam inside - it took me ten minutes to get to the bar.

jam

verb uk   us   /dʒæm/ (-mm-)

jam verb (STICK)

C1 [I or T] to be, or make something, unable to move: The door jammed behind me and I couldn't get out [+ obj + adj ] He jammed the window open with a piece of wood. [T] to stop radio signals from reaching the people who want to receive them: Foreign radio broadcasts were regularly jammed.

jam verb (MUSIC)

[I] to play jazz or rock music with other people informally without planning it or practising together

jam verb (PUSH)

[T + adv/prep] to push something forcefully or with difficulty into something else: He jammed the boxes into the back of the car.

jam verb (FILL)

C1 [T + adv/prep] to fill a place completely: The centre of town was jammed with cars moving at a very slow pace. The motorway was jammed solid (= the traffic could not move) all morning.
Translations of “jam”
in Arabic مُرَبّى, زَحْمة…
in Korean 잼, 교통 체증…
in Malaysian jem…
in French confiture…
in Turkish reçel, marmelat, trafikte araç sıkışıklığı…
in Italian marmellata, ingorgo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 食物, 果醬…
in Russian варенье, пробка, затор…
in Polish dżem, korek…
in Vietnamese mứt…
in Spanish mermelada, confitura…
in Portuguese geleia, engarrafamento, congestionamento…
in Thai แยม…
in German die Marmelade, Marmeladen-…
in Catalan melmelada, embús…
in Japanese ジャム, 交通渋滞…
in Indonesian selai…
in Chinese (Simplified) 食物, 果酱…
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