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verb pack pronunciation in British English /pæk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypack
he/she/itpacks
present participlepacking
past tensepacked
past participlepacked
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to put your possessions into a bag, case, or box so that you can take or send them somewhere
    It didn’t take her long to pack the few clothes she would need.
    Haven’t you packed yet?
    pack a bag/suitcase etc: He was still packing his suitcase when the taxi came.
    pack someone something: I’ve packed you a few sandwiches in case you get hungry.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] [often passive] to put a material around something inside a container so that it does not break when it is moved or sent somewhere
    The plates were still packed in white tissue paper.
    1. a.
      to cover food with a substance inside a container so that it does not decay
      packed in oil/salt/ice: sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
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    2. b.
      to put goods into containers so that they can be sent somewhere and sold
      This is where the fruit is packed.
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  3. 3
    [transitive] to fill a place completely
    Eager spectators packed the courtroom.
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  4. 4
    [transitive] to press something such as soil or snow into a solid hard mass
    Pat the soil down, but do not pack it too tightly.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to dishonestly arrange for a lot of people who support your views to be on a committee or in a meeting
    Opposition members felt the conference had been packed with government supporters.
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  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] American informal to carry a gun with you
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