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Meaning of “jam” in the English Dictionary

"jam" in British English

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jamnoun

uk   us   /dʒæm/
  • jam noun (FOOD)

A2 [C or U] a ​sweet, ​softfood made by ​cookingfruit 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.

jamverb

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 ​windowopen with a ​piece of ​wood. [T] to ​stopradiosignals from ​reaching the ​people who ​want to ​receive them: Foreign ​radiobroadcasts were ​regularly jammed.
(Definition of jam from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jam" in American English

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jamverb

 us   /dʒæm/ (-mm-)
  • jam verb (PUSH)

[T always + adv/prep] to ​push something hard with ​suddeneffort: [M] She jammed on the ​brakes when the ​lightturnedred.
  • jam verb (PACK)

[T always + adv/prep] to ​packtightly into a ​smallspace: He jammed the ​boxes into the ​trunk of the ​car.
  • jam verb (BECOME STUCK)

[I/T] to ​becomestuck and ​unable to move, or to be ​stuck in something: [I] My ​key jammed in the ​lock. [T] Paper was jamming the ​printer.
  • jam verb (MUSIC)

[I] to ​playpopularmusicinformally with other ​people, without ​planning it or ​practicing together: He ​once jammed with Charlie Parker.

jamnoun

 us   /dʒæm/
  • jam noun (SITUATION)

[C] infml a ​difficultsituation: She ​expects her ​parents to ​bail her out ​whenever she gets in a jam.
  • jam noun (FOOD)

[U] a ​soft, ​sweetfood made by ​cookingfruit with ​sugar: strawberry/​raspberry jam on ​toast
(Definition of jam from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “jam”
in Korean 잼, 교통 체증…
in Arabic مُرَبّى, زَحْمة…
in Malaysian jem…
in French confiture…
in Russian варенье, пробка, затор…
in Chinese (Traditional) 食物, 果醬…
in Italian marmellata, ingorgo…
in Turkish reçel, marmelat, trafikte araç sıkışıklığı…
in Polish dżem, korek…
in Spanish mermelada, confitura…
in Vietnamese mứt…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 食物, 果酱…
in Indonesian selai…
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