gum Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"gum" in British English

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gumnoun

uk   us   /ɡʌm/

gum noun (MOUTH)

B2 [C] either of the two ​areas of ​firmpinkflesh inside the ​mouth that ​cover the ​bones into which the ​teeth are ​fixed: sore gums

gum noun (STICKY SUBSTANCE)

[U] a ​stickysubstance that comes from the ​stems of some ​trees and ​plants [U] a ​type of ​glue used for ​sticking together ​pieces of ​paper [U] chewing gum or bubble gum (= a ​softsweet that you ​crush with ​yourteeth but do not ​swallow) [C] UK used in the ​names of some chewysweets with ​fruitflavours: fruit/​wine gums
Idioms

gumverb [T]

uk   us   /ɡʌm/ (-mm-) old-fashioned
If you gum one ​piece of ​paper to another, you ​stick them together using ​glue: The ​labels were already gummed to the ​envelopes.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of gum from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gum" in American English

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gumnoun

 us   /ɡʌm/

gum noun (MOUTH)

[C usually pl] either of the two ​areas of ​firm, ​pinkflesh inside the ​mouth that ​cover the ​bones to which the ​teeth are ​attached

gum noun (STICKY SUBSTANCE)

[U] a ​stickysubstanceobtained from the ​stems of some ​trees and ​plants that is used in ​industry and for ​sticking things together [U] Gum is also chewing gum : Most ​teachers dont ​allowtheirstudents to ​chew gum in ​class.
gum
verb  us   /ɡʌm/ (-mm-)
Nearly everything the ​old silverback ​eats gets ​boiled, ​steamed or ​soaked so he can gum it down.
(Definition of gum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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