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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)







"gum" in British English

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gumnoun

uk   us   /ɡʌm/

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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