Quick answer
"Crammed" is a form of "cram", a transitive verb which is often translated as "meter". "Packed" is an adjective which is often translated as "atestado de gente". Learn more about the difference between "crammed" and "packed" below.
cram(
krahm
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to stuff)
a. meter
They took every joke that's ever been written and crammed them into that movie.Tomaron todas las bromas que jamás se han escrito y las meterieron en esa película.
b. embutir
I've crammed everything we need for the trip in the car.He embutido todo lo que necesitamos para el viaje en el auto.
c. llenar
We crammed our weekend full of fun outdoor activities.Llenamos por completo el fin de semana con actividades divertidas al aire libre.
d. apiñar
All my friends crammed themselves into the photo.Todos mis amigos se apiñaron para la foto.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to study intensively)
a. empollar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I've crammed a semester's worth of material into my brain in preparation for my exam tomorrow.He empollado el material de todo un semestre para prepararme para el examen de mañana.
b. memorizar
The students crammed the periodic table in preparation for the chemistry exam.Los estudiantes memorizaron la tabla periódica como preparación para el examen de química.
c. prepararse intensivamente
She crammed all her notes the night before the exam.Se preparó intensivamente con todos sus apuntes la noche antes del examen.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to study intensively)
a. empollar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Sophie spent all night cramming.Sophie pasó la noche entera empollando.
b. tragar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(River Plate)
Nathan didn't go out with his friends because he's cramming for his finals.Nathan no salió con sus amigos porque está tragando para sus examenes finales.
c. memorizar
Mack knew he didn't have enough time to cram, so he just said a prayer.Mack sabía que no tenía suficiente tiempo para memorizar todo, así que se limitó a decir una plegaria.
d. matarse a estudiar
Donna spent too much time going to parties this semester, and now she'll be cramming.Donna pasó demasiado tiempo yéndose de fiesta este semestre y ahora se matará a estudiar.
4. (to fit)
a. apiñarse
It was hot outside, and felt even hotter with all the people cramming together in the line.Hacía calor fuera y sintió aun más calor con todas las personas apiñándose en la línea.
b. meterse
The elevator was like a sardine can, but we crammed in the best we could so we wouldn't have to wait for the next one.El ascensor parecía una lata de sardinas, pero nos metimos como pudimos para no tener que esperar al siguiente.
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packed(
pahkt
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (full of people)
a. atestado de gente
The day of his funeral the church was packed.El día de su entierro la iglesia estaba atestada de gente.
b. lleno de gente
The bar was already packed by the time we got there.El bar ya estaba lleno de gente cuando llegamos.
c. abarrotado
It's packed in here. We'll never find a seat.Esto está abarrotado. No vamos a encontrar asientos.
d. repleto
The train was packed. I had to stand all the way home.El tren estaba repleto. Tuve que ir de pie en todo el trayecto a casa.
e. a rebosar
Two packed lifeboats managed to get away from the ship.Dos botes salvavidas a rebosar lograron escaparse del barco.
f. de bote en bote
The hall was always packed for his lectures.La sala siempre estaba de bote en bote en sus conferencias.
2. (full)
a. repleto
When he opened it, the case was packed with hundred-dollar bills.Cuando la abrió, la maleta estaba repleta de billetes de cien dólares.
b. lleno
The book is beautifully illustrated and packed with information.El libro tiene unas ilustraciones bellas y está lleno de información.
c. a rebosar
Her cupboards were packed with useless bits and pieces.Sus armarios estaban a rebosar de cachivaches.
3. (compacted)
a. compacto
The going was not too difficult over the hard packed snow.No era tan difícil avanzar sobre la nieve dura y compacta.
4. (having one's bags packed)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Are you packed? We have to leave in half an hour.¿Ya te has hecho las maletas? Tenemos que salir en media hora.
You have to be packed and ready to leave at 8 am.Tienen que tener las maletas listas y estar preparados para salir a las 8 am.
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