Meaning of “pack” in the English Dictionary

"pack" in British English

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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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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)

"pack" in American English

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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.

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)