gem

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdʒɛm/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/dʒɛm/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling( jem)

Inflections of 'gem' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
gems
v 3rd person singular
gemming
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
gemmed
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
gemmed
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
gem /dʒɛm/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable]
  1. Jewelrya mineral, pearl, or other natural substance valued for its rarity and beauty and used in jewelry:diamonds and other gems.
  2. something prized because of its beauty or worth:That new book is a gem.
  3. a person held in great esteem or affection.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
gem  ( jem),USA pronunciation n., v.,  gemmed, gem•ming, adj. 
n. 
  1. Jewelrya cut and polished precious stone or pearl fine enough for use in jewelry.
  2. something likened to or prized as such a stone because of its beauty or worth:His painting was the gem of the collection.
  3. a person held in great esteem or affection.
  4. Foodmuffin (def. 1).
  5. Printinga 4-point type of a size between brilliant and diamond.

v.t. 
  1. to adorn with or as with gems;
    begem.

adj. 
  1. Jewelrynoting perfection or very high quality:gem color; a gem ruby.
gemless, adj. 
gemlike′, adj. 
  • Latin
  • Latin gemma bud, jewel; replacing Middle English yimme, Old English gim(m)
  • Old French
  • Middle English gemme 1275–1325
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged treasure, prize, jewel, pearl.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
gem /dʒɛm/ n
  1. a precious or semiprecious stone used in jewellery as a decoration; jewel
  2. a person or thing held to be a perfect example; treasure
vb (gems, gemming, gemmed)
  1. (transitive) to set or ornament with gems
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French gemme, from Latin gemma bud, precious stone

ˈgemˌlike adj ˈgemmy adj
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