Meaning of “package” in the English Dictionary

"package" in British English

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packagenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpæk.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈpæk.ɪdʒ/

package noun [ C ] (PAPER OBJECT)

B2 UK also parcel an object or set of objects wrapped in paper, usually in order to be sent by post:

The courier has just delivered a package for you.
The package was wrapped in plain brown paper.

US UK packet a small paper or plastic container in which a number of small objects are sold:

a package of cookies

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package noun [ C ] (OFFERED TOGETHER)

B2 a related group of things when they are offered together as a single unit:

The computer comes with a software package.
The aid package for the earthquake-hit area will include emergency food and medical supplies.

the pay and other rewards that a company manager receives:

He will receive a compensation package worth $15 million over three years.
a total pay package valued at $59.5 million

package noun [ C ] (BODY PART)

offensive UK also packet a man's sex organs

packageverb [ T ]

uk /ˈpæk.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈpæk.ɪdʒ/

to put goods into boxes or containers to be sold:

These organic olives are packaged in recycled glass containers.

to sell several things together as a single product:

The program comes packaged with some games.

to show someone or something in a particular, usually attractive, way:

As a young film star, she was packaged as a sex symbol.

(Definition of “package” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"package" in American English

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packagenoun [ C ]

us /ˈpæk·ɪdʒ/

a box or container in which something is put, esp. to be sent or sold, or a group of objects wrapped together:

a package of frozen spinach
She went to the post office to mail a package.
a five-night ski package

A package is also a group of objects, plans, or arrangements that are related and offered as a unit:

a retirement package

packageverb [ T ]

us /ˈpæk·ɪdʒ/

to put something in a box or container, or to wrap things together, esp. to be sold:

The book and CD are packaged together.

To package someone or something is also to represent it in a way to make it seem attractive:

You have an idea, but how do you package it?

(Definition of “package” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"package" in Business English

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packagenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpækɪdʒ/ us

UK also parcel COMMUNICATIONS an object or collection of objects wrapped in paper or other similar material and sent by mail, etc.:

She's gone to collect a package from the post-room.
postage rates for letters and packages
This service enables you to track your package online.

US UK packet COMMERCE a small container in which objects are sold:

a package of cookies/candy

HR, WORKPLACE the pay and other advantages that a company manager receives:

The salary package offered for this position is a very tempting one.
She was offered an early-retirement package.

COMMERCE a collection of products or services that are supplied to the customer as a set:

Our aim is to offer a comprehensive care package for the client.
The hotel enjoys an excellent reputation for the quality of its wedding packages, which are also very flexible.

IT a collection of computer programs that are supplied to the customer as a set :

Many word-processing packages include useful extras such as a spelling checker, thesaurus, and mailing list management.

informal →  package holiday

packageverb [ T ]

uk /ˈpækɪdʒ/ us

COMMERCE to wrap goods or put them into containers to be sold or sent somewhere:

All orders received before 3pm are packaged and shipped the same day.
Small items have to be individually packaged to ensure safe delivery to the customer.

COMMERCE to put different goods and services together to sell as a set:

package sth with sth The album is packaged with an informative booklet.

informal MARKETING to describe or show someone or something in a way that aims to make them seem more attractive:

The facts are neatly packaged by our PR team before they go out to the public.
package yourself as sth They spent millions on packaging themselves as a responsible, caring company.
package yourself for sth There are books that advise you on how to package yourself for a top job.

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to buy loans from other financial organizations and sell them as bonds. Investors receive their profits from the regular payments made towards the original loans:

Citibank took a major role in the business of packaging loan receivables and selling them as securities.

BANKING, FINANCE to help a business apply for a loan by using special market knowledge to provide the right information and to contact the lenders that are most likely to provide the money:

Costs for their packaging service vary depending on the complexity of the loan being packaged.

(Definition of “package” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)