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cramverb

uk   /kræm/  us   /kræm/ (-mm-)
  • cram verb (FIT A LOT IN)

[T usually + adv/prep] informal to ​force a lot of things into a ​smallspace: Eight ​children were crammed into the back of the ​car. The ​room was ​packed and we were crammed against the ​door.
[T usually + adv/prep] informal to do many things in a ​shortperiod of ​time: I had to cram three ​countries into a week's ​businesstrip.
  • cram verb (LEARN)

[I] to ​try to ​learn a lot very ​quickly before an ​exam: She's cramming for her ​historyexam.
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(Definition of cram from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cramverb

 us   /kræm/ (-mm-)
  • cram verb (FORCE)

[T always + adv/prep] to ​force something into a ​smallspace, or to ​fill an ​area with ​people: Six ​children were crammed into the back of the ​car.
  • cram verb (LEARN QUICKLY)

[I] to ​try to ​learn a lot very ​quickly before an ​exam: She’s cramming for her ​historyexam.
(Definition of cram from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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