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packverb

uk   us   /pæk/

pack verb (PUT INTO)

A2 [I or T] to put something into a ​bag, ​box, etc.: We're ​leaving early ​tomorrowmorning, 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 ​sparepair of ​shoes, ​please/pack a ​sparepair 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 ​tissuepaper to ​protect it.
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pack verb (FILL)

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

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (​cause to) ​form into a ​solidmass: The ​wind has packed the ​snow against the ​garagedoor. The ​snow has packed downtightly, making the ​streetsdangerous to ​walk on.

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   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 ​wilddogs an ​organizedgroup of ​children who are brownies or cubs: My ​uncle was the ​leader of my Cub pack. (US also deck) a set of ​playingcards: a pack of ​cards mainly disapproving a ​group of ​similarpeople, ​especially one that ​containspeople whose ​activities you do not ​approve of: a pack ofthieves A pack ofjournalists was ​waitingoutside the White House.
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pack noun [C] (CONTAINER)

mainly US a ​smallpaper or ​cardboardcontainer in which a ​number of ​smallobjects are ​sold : a pack ofcigarettes/​gum
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pack noun [C] (BAG)

(US also backpack) a ​type of ​bag that you usually ​carry on ​your back when you are ​travelling

pack noun [C] (MASS)

a ​thickmass of a ​substance, often like ​clay, that is used as a ​beautytreatment for the ​face a ​thickmass of ​cloth, etc. that can be put on an ​injury to ​stop any bleeding or ​swelling: Hold this ​ice pack to ​yourhead to ​stop the ​bruising.
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-packsuffix

uk   us   /-pæk/
used in ​combination with an ​amount to show that that many of a ​particulartype of ​goods have been ​wrapped and are being ​sold together: a ​six-pack ofbeer a twin-pack ofsoap a multi-pack oftoiletpaper
(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 ​betterstart packing. [T] I ​forgot to pack my ​socks. [T] Pack ​yourbag, we’re ​leavingtonight.

pack verb (FILL)

[T] to ​fill a ​space, or to ​crowdpeople or things together, esp. in ​largenumbers: [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 ​shortvacation?

pack verb (PRESS TOGETHER)

[T] to ​press something consisting of a lot of ​smallpieces together so that they ​form a ​solidmass: 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 ​bubblegum 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   us   /pæk/
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 ​frontdesk. 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 pullahead of the pack.

packverb [T]

uk   us   /pæk/
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 ​softmaterial 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 ​businesscommunity. Her ​keynoteaddress packed a powerful ​punch. It was a ​smallcompany but one that packed a ​bigpunch.
(Definition of pack from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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