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."

Primary Meanings of cram

1.
v
crowd or pack to capacity
2.
v
study intensively, as before an exam
Full Definitions of cram
1

v crowd or pack to capacity

Synonyms:
chock up, jam, jampack, ram, wad
Type of:
stuff
cram into a cavity

v 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
Types:
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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
2

v study intensively, as before an exam

Synonyms:
bone, bone up, drum, get up, grind away, mug up, swot, swot up
Type of:
hit the books, study
learn by reading books

v 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
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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