to fill (something) by force with more than it can easily hold.
to force or stuff (usually followed by into, down, etc.).
to fill with or as with an excessive amount of food; overfeed.
to prepare (a person), as for an exam, by having them memorize information within a short period of time.
to acquire knowledge of (a subject) by so preparing oneself.
Archaic. to tell lies to.
to eat greedily or to excess.
to study for an examination by memorizing facts at the last minute.
to press or force accommodation in a room, vehicle, etc., beyond normal or comfortable capacity; crowd; jam: The whole team crammed into the bus.
Informal. the act of preparing for an exam by memorizing information within a short time period.
an excessively full state.
a dense crowd; throng.
- cram·ming·ly, adverb
- well-crammed, adjective
Other definitions for Cram (2 of 2)
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How to use cram in a sentence
A frustrated and untalented artist, Bary crams way too many words in a single sentence for a single line.
Sutherland cuts and crams facts and opinions into his tight confines.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature | Malcolm Forbes | November 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He crams this part and starves that other part, consulting not the fitness of the thing, but his fitness and strength.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII | John Lord
We now do every thing so much by rule, that the rule crams the soul out of every thing done.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women | George Sumner Weaver
When he is batting he crams one hand into his pocket between each delivery.
As often as not texts are like bags, and a man crams all his own rubbish into them, and expects you to take them together.Red Pottage | Mary Cholmondeley
If he has any money given him, he spends it all at once, and crams and eats till he can scarcely move.The Bad Family and Other Stories | Mrs. Fenwick
British Dictionary definitions for cram (1 of 2)
(tr) to force (people, material, etc) into (a room, container, etc) with more than it can hold; stuff
to eat or cause to eat more than necessary
informal to study or cause to study (facts, etc), esp for an examination, by hastily memorizing
the act or condition of cramming
British Dictionary definitions for Cram (2 of 2)
Steve. born 1960, English middle-distance runner: European 1500 m champion (1981, 1986); world 1500 m champion (1983)
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