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verb slam pronunciation in American English /slæm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleslamming
past tenseslammed
past participleslammed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to shut a door or a lid with great force so that it makes a loud noise, often because you are angry

    He ran from the room, slamming the door behind him.

    slam the door shut:

    She slammed the door shut in his face.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to close quickly with a loud noise
      slam shut:

      The heavy gate slammed shut.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to put, move, or hit something against or onto a surface with great force
      slam something down/into/on (something):

      He slammed the groceries down on the table.

      She slammed the brakes on.

    3. c.
      [intransitive] to move against something with great force
      slam into/against:

      The bicycle slammed into a tree.

  2. 2
    [transitive] mainly journalism to criticize someone or something severely

    The movie has been slammed by critics.

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