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)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
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. 
  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. 
  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.

  1. to adorn with or as with gems;

  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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