Meaning of PACK in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ pæk ]

( packs, packing, packed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


When you pack a bag, you put clothes and other things into it, because you are leaving a place or going on holiday.

When I was 17, I packed my bags and left home...

I packed and said goodbye to Charlie.

VERB : V n , V

• pack‧ing

She left Frances to finish her packing.



When people pack things, for example in a factory, they put them into containers or parcels so that they can be transported and sold.

They offered me a job packing goods in a warehouse...

Machines now exist to pack olives in jars.

...sardines packed in oil.

VERB : V n , V n in n , V-ed

• pack‧ing

His onions cost 9p a lb wholesale; packing and transport costs 10p.



If people or things pack into a place or if they pack a place, there are so many of them that the place is full.

Hundreds of thousands of people packed into the mosque...

Seventy thousand people will pack the stadium.

= cram

VERB : V into n , V n


A pack of things is a collection of them that is sold or given together in a box or bag.

The club will send a free information pack.

...a pack of cigarettes...

N-COUNT : oft N of n


A pack is a bag containing your possessions that you carry on your back when you are travelling.

I hid the money in my pack.

= rucksack, backpack



You can refer to a group of people who go around together as a pack , especially when it is a large group that you feel threatened by.

...a pack of journalists eager to question him...

N-COUNT : usu N of n


A pack of wolves or dogs is a group of them that hunt together.

N-COUNT : oft N of n


A pack of playing cards is a complete set of playing cards. ( mainly BRIT; in AM, usually use deck )

N-COUNT : oft N of n


see also packed , packing


If you say that an account is a pack of lies , you mean that it is completely untrue.

You told me a pack of lies.

PHRASE : PHR after v , v-link PHR


If you send someone packing , you make them go away. ( INFORMAL )

I decided I wanted to live alone and I sent him packing.

PHRASE : V inflects

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.