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Definition of "cram" []

  • To force, press, or squeeze into an insufficient space; stuff. (verb-transitive)
  • To fill too tightly. (verb-transitive)
  • To gorge with food. (verb-transitive)
  • To eat quickly and greedily. (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To prepare (students) hastily for an impending examination. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cram" in a sentence
  • "The French word cramer does not mean "to study intensively for an exam" -- although one could argue that "to cram" is to be put to the TEST."
  • "This approach called a "cram down" cuts through legal red tape and give consumers more bargaining power with banks and other mortgage lenders."
  • "The bankruptcy legislation will still allow homeowners to renegotiate mortgages in bankruptcy - the so-called cram down provision - but only under strict conditions."