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Definition of cramp verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cramp

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verb
BrE BrE//kræmp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kræmp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cramp
BrE BrE//kræmp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kræmp//
 
he / she / it cramps
BrE BrE//kræmps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kræmps//
 
past simple cramped
BrE BrE//kræmpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kræmpt//
 
past participle cramped
BrE BrE//kræmpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kræmpt//
 
-ing form cramping
BrE BrE//ˈkræmpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkræmpɪŋ//
 
 
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  • cramp something to prevent the development or progress of somebody/something synonym restrict Tighter trade restrictions might cramp economic growth.
  • Word Origin late Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch krampe; sense 1 of the noun is via Old French crampe.Idioms
    cramp somebody’s style
     
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    (informal) to stop somebody from behaving in the way they want to She didn’t want me to go with her to the party in case I cramped her style.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cramp

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