cram

To cram is to crowd or stuff people or things into a limited amount of space. You might be tempted to cram your mouth full of your mom's chocolate chip cookies, especially if they just came out of the oven and are still warm and gooey.

You can cram yourself with food, or cram your books onto a shelf that's not quite big enough to hold them. A writer might cram one book with dozens of characters, or you could cram homemade pancakes with blueberries. Another way to cram is to study for a test all in one session: "I haven't studied at all yet — I'll have to stay up tonight and cram." The Old English root, crammian, means "stuff something into something else."

Definitions of cram
  1. verb
    crowd or pack to capacity
    synonyms: chock up, jam, jampack, ram, wad
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    type of:
    stuff
    cram into a cavity
  2. verb
    put something somewhere so that the space is completely filled
    cram books into the suitcase”
    Synonyms:
    chock up, jam, jampack, ram, wad
    crowd or pack to capacity
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    stuff
    cram into a cavity
    chock up, jam, jampack, ram, wad
    crowd or pack to capacity
    overstuff
    stuff too much
    fill out, pad
    line or stuff with soft material
    type of:
    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  3. verb
    study intensively, as before an exam
    synonyms: bone, bone up, drum, get up, grind away, mug up, swot, swot up
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    type of:
    hit the books, study
    learn by reading books
  4. verb
    prepare (students) hastily for an impending exam
    Synonyms:
    bone, bone up, drum, get up, grind away, mug up, swot, swot up
    study intensively, as before an exam
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    type of:
    fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up
    make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
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