Definition of package noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpækɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpækɪdʒ//
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  1. 1   (especially North American English) = parcel A large package has arrived for you. compare pack
  2. 2   (North American English) a box, bag, etc. in which things are wrapped or packed; the contents of a box, etc. Check the list of ingredients on the side of the package. a package of hamburger buns compare packet
  3. 3(also package deal) a set of items or ideas that must be bought or accepted together a benefits package an aid package a package of measures to help small businesses
  4. 4 (also software package) (computing) a set of related programs for a particular type of task, sold and used as a single unit The system came with a database software package.
  5. Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a noun denoting the action or mode of packing goods): from the verb pack + -age; compare with Anglo-Latin paccagium. The verb dates from the 1920s.Extra examples I sent the books in one big package. Police destroyed the suspect package in a controlled explosion. The IMF has put together a rescue package for the country’s faltering economy. The pay freeze forms part of a package of budget cuts. Under the reform package spending on health will increase. a comprehensive benefits package a jobs package aimed at helping the unemployed a package of cookies/​meat a package of measures to assist industry an integrated business software package the measures included in the package word processing and database software in one package
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