American English

Definition of pack verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pack
    he / she / it packs
    past simple packed
    -ing form packing
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    put into container
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to put clothes, etc. into a bag in preparation for a trip away from home I haven't packed yet. pack something I haven't packed my suitcase yet. He packed a bag with a few things and was off. He packed a few things into a bag. Did you pack the camera? pack somebody something I've packed you some food for the trip.
  2. 2[transitive] pack something (up) (in/into something) to put something into a container so that it can be stored, transported, or sold The pottery was packed in boxes and shipped to the U.S. I carefully packed up the gifts. He found a part-time job packing eggs. opposite unpack
  3. protect
  4. 3[transitive] pack something (in/with something) to protect something that breaks easily by surrounding it with soft material The paintings were carefully packed in newspaper.
  5. preserve food
  6. 4[transitive] pack something (in something) to preserve food in a particular substance fish packed in ice
  7. fill
  8. 5[intransitive, transitive] to fill something with a lot of people or things + adv./prep. We all packed together into one car. pack something (with something) Fans packed the hall to see the band. Pack wet shoes with newspaper to help them dry. see also packed
  9. snow/soil
  10. 6[transitive] pack something (down) to press something such as snow or soil to form a thick hard mass Pack the earth down around the plant. a patch of packed snow
  11. carry gun
  12. 7[transitive, intransitive] pack (something) (informal) to carry a gun to pack a gun Is he packing?
  13. storm
  14. 8[transitive] pack something to have something A storm packing 75 mph winds swept across the area last night.
  15. Idioms
    pack your bags (informal)
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    to leave a person or place permanently, especially after a disagreement
      pack a (powerful, real, etc.) punch (informal)
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    1. 1(of a boxer) to be capable of hitting someone very hard
    2. 2to have a powerful effect on someone The advertising campaign packs quite a punch.
    send somebody packing (informal)
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    to tell someone firmly or rudely to go away She tried to interfere but I sent her packing.
    Phrasal Verbspack awaypack somethingawaypack somebodyinpack somethinginpack somebody/something in/into somethingpack into somethingpack somebodyoff (to…)pack up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pack