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packverb

uk   /pæk/ us   /pæk/
  • pack verb (PUT INTO)

A2 [I or T] to put something into a bag, box, etc.: We're leaving early tomorrow morning, so you'd better pack (= put clothes and other possessions into suitcases or bags) tonight. She packed a small suitcase for the weekend. He just packed his bags and walked out on his wife and children. I haven't packed my clothes (= put them into a suitcase, etc.) yet. [+ two objects] Could you pack me a spare pair of shoes, please/pack a spare pair of shoes for me, please? These books need to be packed in/into a box.
[T] to put a material around something before putting it into a bag, box, etc. so that it will not break or be damaged: She packed the vase in tissue paper to protect it.

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  • pack verb (FILL)

[I usually + adv/prep, T] to come or bring together in large numbers or to fill a space: Thousands of fans are packing into the stadium. Fans packed the stadium to watch the final game. The people on the bus were packed (together) like sardines (= there were many of them very close together) .

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  • pack verb (CARRY)

[T] US slang to carry something, especially a gun: to pack a gun Each missile packs several warheads.figurative This gun packs (= has) a lot of firepower.

packnoun [C]

uk   /pæk/ us   /pæk/
  • pack noun [C] (GROUP)

B2 a group, set, or collection of something: The information pack consists of a brochure and a map.
C2 a group of animals, such as dogs, that live and/or hunt together: a wolf pack a pack of wild dogs
an organized group of children who are brownies or cubs: My uncle was the leader of my Cub pack.
US also deck a set of playing cards: a pack of cards
mainly disapproving a group of similar people, especially one that contains people whose activities you do not approve of: a pack of thieves A pack of journalists was waiting outside the White House.
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  • pack noun [C] (MASS)

a thick mass of a substance, often like clay, that is used as a beauty treatment for the face
a thick mass of cloth, etc. that can be put on an injury to stop any bleeding or swelling: Hold this ice pack to your head to stop the bruising.
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-packsuffix

uk   / -pæk/ us   / -pæk/
(Definition of pack from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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packverb

us   /pæk/
  • pack verb (PUT INTO)

[I/T] to put items into a container, esp. for transporting them or for storage: [I] You’d better start packing. [T] I forgot to pack my socks. [T] Pack your bag, we’re leaving tonight.
  • pack verb (FILL)

[T] to fill a space, or to crowd people or things together, esp. in large numbers: [T] People packed Times Square, waiting for the new year to begin. The cooler was packed with cans of soda. fig. How much can you pack into a short vacation?
  • pack verb (PRESS TOGETHER)

[T] to press something consisting of a lot of small pieces together so that they form a solid mass: Nina packed the snow into a hard snowball.
packed
adjective us   /pækt/
Several people in the packed courtroom were crying.
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packnoun [C]

us   /pæk/
  • pack noun [C] (GROUP)

a group of animals: Wolves live and hunt in packs.
  • pack noun [C] (PUT INTO)

a number of things usually of the same kind that are tied together or stored in a container, or the container itself: a pack of bubble gum a pack of cards
A pack is also a backpack.
(Definition of pack from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pack" in Business English

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packnoun [C]

uk   /pæk/ us  
COMMERCE a container in which things are put to be kept, sold, or sent somewhere, or the contents of a container: a pack of cigarettes Keep the goods in the pack if you might want to return them to the store.
a collection of objects, documents, etc. that are made available as a set : pack of 6/12/20, etc. These items are usually sold in packs of ten. Information packs are available at the front desk. You can download the application pack from our website.
-pack
used with a word that describes an amount to show that a collection of objects are being sold together: a six-pack of beer a multipack of pet food These bulbs are sold as a twin-pack only.
the pack
a way of referring to the people, companies, etc. that are not the leaders in a particular area of business: The end of a downturn is an excellent opportunity for companies to pull ahead of the pack.

packverb [T]

uk   /pæk/ us  
COMMERCE to put something into a container: pack sth in/into sth The fruit is finally packed into wooden crates for shipping.
to put material around something to protect it before putting it into a container: pack sth in sth The ornaments were carefully packed in soft material before being placed in the box.
to put food in a particular substance so that it does not decay: pack sth in sth sardines packed in oil
if people pack a place, they fill it completely: Staff packed the auditorium for her farewell speech.
pack a punch informal
to have a great effect or influence: This was news that packed a punch in the business community. Her keynote address packed a powerful punch. It was a small company but one that packed a big punch.
(Definition of pack from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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