Meaning of RAM in English

I. ram 1 /ræm/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle rammed , present participle ramming )

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Origin: Probably from ⇨ ↑ RAM 2 ]

1 . [intransitive and transitive] to run or drive into something very hard:

In the latest raid, thieves used his van to ram a police car.

ram into

He lost control of his truck and rammed into a van, killing two people.

2 . [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to push something into a position, using great force:

First, you’ll have to ram the posts into the ground.

I rammed my foot down on the brake.

3 . ram something down sb’s throat to try to make someone accept an idea or opinion by repeating it many times, especially when they are not interested

4 . ram something home to make sure someone fully understands something by emphasizing it and by providing a lot of examples, proof etc:

a police video ramming home the dangers of driving fast in fog

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▪ crash verb [intransitive and transitive] to hit another vehicle, a tree, the ground etc, with a lot of force, causing a lot of damage:

The plane crashed a kilometre from the runway.


He was scared I’d crash his car.


The car crashed into a tree.

▪ hit verb [transitive] to move into something quickly and with force:

He wasn’t paying attention, and almost hit another car.


The car hit a lamppost.

▪ collide verb [intransitive] if two cars, trains, planes etc collide, they hit each other, especially when they are moving in opposite directions:

The two planes collided in mid-air.


An express train collided with a freight train in the morning rush hour.

▪ run into something phrasal verb [transitive] to hit a vehicle or object that is directly in front of you, especially because you are not paying attention:

He ran into the car in front while he was talking on his mobile phone.

▪ smash into something phrasal verb [transitive] to crash into something, causing a great amount of damage:

An army helicopter smashed into the side of the mountain.

▪ plough into British English , plow into American English phrasal verb [transitive] to crash into something with a lot of force, especially when your vehicle continues moving afterwards:

The bus went out of control and ploughed into a line of traffic.

▪ ram verb [transitive] to deliberately hit another boat or vehicle very hard, especially when it is not moving:

The ship had been rammed by a submarine.


The gunmen tried to ram the police car.

II. ram 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: ramm ]

1 . an adult male sheep ⇨ ewe

2 . a ↑ battering ram

3 . a machine that hits something again and again to force it into a position

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.