packpack1 /pæk/ ●●●S2W3 verb1clothes [intransitive, transitive] (also pack up)DPUT to put things into cases, bags etc ready for a trip somewhereI forgot to pack my razor.Have you finished packing yet?pack your things/belongingsKelly packed her things before breakfast.pack a bag/caseYou’d better pack your bags. We’re leaving in an hour.pack somebody somethingShall I pack us a picnic?2goods [transitive] (also pack up) to put something into a box or other container, so that it can be moved, sold, or storedpack something in/into somethingNow wild mushrooms are available all year, packed in handy 25 g boxes.3crowd [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]FULL to go in large numbers into a space, or to make people or animals do this, until the space is too fullpack into/in/ontoFifty thousand fans packed into the stadium.The sheep had been packed into a truck and transported without food or water.4protect something [transitive]PROTECT to cover or fill an object with soft material so that it does not get damagedpack in/withGlass must be packed in several layers of paper.5snow/soil etcDLGPRESS to press snow, soil, sand etc down so that it becomes hard and firmpack something downPack the soil down firmly.6 →pack your bags7 →pack a gun8 →pack a (hard/hefty/strong etc) punch → send somebody packingat send(11) →pack something ↔ away →pack in →pack somebody/something off →pack up→ See Verb table
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pack• Brent had to pack a suitcase and get to the airport in under an hour.• He could pack a unionhall, as no one in the seventies was supposed to be able to do.• We packed all our books into boxes.• How could people pack and prepare a lifetime's possessions, even with six days' notice?• Why do you always pack at the last minute?• a meatpackingfactory• Tourists in North Carolina packedferries to flee the Outer Banks.• She packed her suitcase and set off for the airport.• The robber had packed himself into a carton and had himself delivered to the post office.• The tuna is packed in oil.• Disappointment turned to disbelief among the 18,000 crowd packed into Edgbaston when they were told they would not get a refund.• More than 50,000 fans packed into the stadium.• Can you pack the kids' lunches?• Pack the knee with ice to reduce swelling.• Did you remember to pack the suntanlotion?• Saturdayafternoon I realized I had packed the wrong stuff.• There is a massivefilecabinet stuffed with documents so old and densely packed they may be ready to ignite spontaneously.• On each of the six nights the auditorium was packed to capacity with a seating of 1,500.• He arrives for class with a tinyknapsackpacked with his crayons, lunch box and a diaper.• We're going to Greece tomorrow, and I haven't started packing yet!• Don't forget to pack your swimmingsuit.pack a bag/case• You could get what you need - pack a case.• Why don't you pack a bag and go to Cromlech?• He was here only parts of three days before packing a bag and leaving.• She packed a bag, and made a reservation on the last flight out of Los Angeles.• As she quickly packed a bag before preparing dinner, it suddenly struck her what a risk she was taking.• They had stopped off at home and packed a case for her and then they had stayed to help her settle in.• She packed a bag, looked at the phone, checked her watch.• If she went home and packed a bag, she could be in New York tomorrow.pack into/in/onto• In San Jose, about 8,000 people packed into a few downtown blocks, overturning cars and smashing windows.• Men, women, and children packed into dark rooms that stank like a stable.• Butter I.. The pound-block of butter is often less expensive than butter packed in four-ounce sticks. 2.• Unfortunately they carried no ammunition and all guns were still packed ingrease.• Wash them before packing intoplastic bags or containers.• Enough material was packed into the curriculum to last two or three years.• All itemspack into the custom fitted carry case for ease and safety of transport.• We used to get them for one penny the pack in the navy.pack in/with• The coins are presented in a protectiveacrylicdisplaypack with ah and some slip cover.• This wickerhamper is packed withdeliciousgoodies and costs £64.92, inclusive of nationwidedelivery.• Internet sites are packed witheagersellers.• He arrives for class with a tiny knapsack packed with his crayons, lunch box and a diaper.• They turn to it because it is packed with promise.• These regionalhubs will be packed withserver computers that store the most frequently accessed data on the Internet.• It's packed withuseful information.• It was packed with women, young and old, and with children.
packpack2 ●●●S2W3 noun [countable]1things wrapped togetherBTOGETHER something wrapped in paper or packed in a box and then sent by post or taken somewherepack ofa pack of three T-shirtsSend away for your free information pack today. →six-pack(1)2small container especially American EnglishGROUP OF THINGS a small container, usually made of paper, that something is sold inSYN packet British Englishpack ofa pack of cigarettesa 10 oz pack of frozen peas3bag especially British EnglishDCDLO a bag that you carry on your back, especially when climbing or walking, used to carry equipment, clothes etcSYN rucksack British English, backpack4cardsDGC (also pack of cards) a complete set of playing cardsSYN deck5animalsHBA a group of wild animals that hunt together, or a group of dogs trained to hunt togethera wolf packpack ofa pack of hounds► see thesaurus at group6group of peopleGROUP OF PEOPLE a group of the same type of people, especially a group who you do not approve ofpack ofA pack of reporters were waiting outside.7 →be leading the pack/be ahead of the pack8 →pack of lies9 →Cub/Brownie pack10on a woundMDMH a thick soft piece of cloth that you press on a wound to stop the flow of bloodSYN compress →ice pack
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pack• He pulled a pack of Tareytons out and lit one.• Then, as you listen closely, you hear an answering pack from a distantridge.• I set up the bottle on the bedside table and a freshpack of cigarettes.• a videogiftpack• In 1938, a floodwiped out many of the camps, diminishing the need for the pack trains.• If the pack has become too big and unmanageable, the dominantmale must spend all his time trying to control it.• Susan took a mint out of the pack.• No hyena wants to fight outside the pack.• This month will see the launch of the Coldwatch campaign and details can be found in this newsletter together with the pack.• It was full of people strangely dressed in plus fours and navy blue suits, with packsstrapped to their backs.information pack• These observations and facts come from an information pack about National Bike Week, recently published.• Details and information pack can be obtained by telephoning or writing to the Catholic Social Welfare Society.• Write or call now for a comprehensiveinformation pack or to arrange a showhouse visit.• Farmers should ask for our special Finance for Farminginformation pack.• If you'd like more information on the seven car 605 range, call for a free information pack.• Ring for a Western Loire information pack and the Brittany Ferries brochure.• This policy was included in the mid-March information pack.• For a full product information pack please circle the reader service number or ring our technical department on.From King Business Dictionarypackpack1 /pæk/ noun1[countable] a small container with a set of things in itSYNPACKAGE, PACKETFive million tickets to Disney films will be placed in specially-marked packs.pack ofa pack of Marlboro cigarettes26-pack/12-pack etc a pack that contains six, twelve etc itemsThis brand of beer is now available in 12-packs. →blister pack →display pack →gift pack3lead/be ahead of the pack to be more successful than your competitorsIt has fallen to seventh place in the ad-agency rankings, after leading the pack for three years.The company is demonstrating the kind of innovation that will be needed to keep it ahead of the pack.4[singular] a group of people who all work in the same industry, especially in films, the press, or the theatre, that you do not like or approve ofThe whole media pack is closing in on him.packpack2 verb [transitive]1TRANSPORTto put products in boxes, a vehicle etc so they can be taken somewhereAt sixteen, Brian went to work packing freight on the shipping docks.pack something in somethingThe video equipment is packed in aluminum trunks and air-freighted to the site.fish packed in fresh-water ice → see alsopackaging, packing2COMPUTING to put a lot of information onto the part of a computer or other piece of ELECTRONIC equipment that stores DATApack something on/onto/into somethingThe disks are engineered to pack at least twice as much data onto their recording surface.3to arrive in large numbers into a space that is not big enough, or to make people or things do thisBecause moviegoers haven’t been packing the theaters this fall, they haven’t seen the trailers for our new releases.pack something into somethingThe TV network has infuriated viewers by packing an extra three minutes of commercials into popular hour-long programs.4pack a board/committee/jury etc to secretly and dishonestly arrange for most of the people on a committee etc to support someoneHe packed the company’s board with his relatives. →pack up→ See Verb tableOriginpack11. (1300-1400) → PACK22. (1500-1600)pack“to make a secret agreement”((16-17 centuries)), perhaps from pactpack2(1100-1200)Low GermanDutchpak