Meaning of “am” in the English Dictionary

"am" in British English

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uk strong /æm/ weak /əm/ us strong /æm/ weak /əm/

I form of be :

Am I included?

More examples

  • "Do you know how old I am?" "I'm afraid you have the advantage of me there ."
  • Without wishing to sound conceited, I am the best salesperson in the company.
  • How am I expected to conjure up a meal for six of his friends with almost nothing in the fridge?
  • When am I going to get my cut?
  • I'm dreadfully sorry - I really am.


uk /ˌeɪˈem/ us /ˌeɪˈem/

A1 used when referring to a time between twelve o'clock at night and twelve o'clock in the middle of the day:

The first election results are expected around 1 a.m.

More examples

  • The plane departs at 6.00 a.m.
  • School starts at 9 a.m. and finishes at 3.30 p.m.
  • The children are supposed to be at school by 8.45 a.m.
  • He never gets up until at least 11.00 a.m. on a Sunday.
  • I report for work at 8 a.m. every morning.


uk /ˌeɪˈem/ us /ˌeɪˈem/

(Definition of “am” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"am" in American English

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us /æm, əm, m/

(used with I) be:

I am getting ready now.

a.m.adverb [ not gradable ]

also A.M. us /ˈeɪˈem/

used when referring to a time between twelve o’clock at night and twelve o’clock in the middle of the day; past the middle of the night, or in the morning:

We fly out of New York late in the evening and arrive in London at 7 a.m. the next morning.

AMnoun [ U ]

us /ˈeɪˈem/

abbreviation for amplitude modulation (= one of two main types of radio waves used to broadcast in the US):

Most of the talk radio programs can be found on AM stations.

(Definition of “am” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"Am" in Business English

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uk /æm/ us

abbreviation for America or American:

Pan Am Airlines finally went out of business in 1991.

(Definition of “Am” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)