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present tense
I/you/we/theypack up
he/she/itpacks up
present participlepacking up
past tensepacked up
past participlepacked up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to put things into a bag, case, or box so that you can take or send them somewhere

    He simply packed up his belongings and moved out on Tuesday.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] British informal if a machine or piece of equipment packs up, it stops working

    The camera had packed up.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to finish work for the day by putting work or equipment away

    The workmen have already packed up and left.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] British informal to stop doing something, especially a job

    Do you think he's going to pack up this job too?

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