Definition of pack verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pæk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæk//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pack
    BrE BrE//pæk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæk//
    he / she / it packs
    BrE BrE//pæks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæks//
    past simple packed
    BrE BrE//pækt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pækt//
    past participle packed
    BrE BrE//pækt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pækt//
    -ing form packing
    BrE BrE//ˈpækɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpækɪŋ//
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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 journey.
  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 US. 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, packed out
  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) (North American English, 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. Word OriginMiddle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pak (noun), pakken (verb). The verb appears appears early in Anglo-Latin and Anglo-Norman French in connection with the wool trade; trade in English wool was chiefly with the Low Countries.Extra examples Crowds of people packed into the hall. I think we might as well pack up and go home. Live animals are transported across the continent, packed tightly into lorries. Our new brochure is packed full of inspirational ideas. She packed her clothes into a suitcase. The cinema was packed out! The hall was packed to capacity. The passengers travelled packed together like cattle. The place was packed with conference attendees. I haven’t packed my suitcase yet. I’ve packed you some food for the journey. They pack a lot into the one-week programme.Idioms (informal) 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 somebody very hard
    2. 2to have a powerful effect on somebody The advertising campaign packs quite a punch.
    (informal) to tell somebody firmly or rudely to go away She tried to interfere but I sent her packing.
    Phrasal Verbspack awaypack somethingawaypack somebodyinpack somethinginpack somebody in somethingpack into somethingpack somebodyoff (to…)pack somethingoutpack uppack up
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