Learner's definition of PACK
1 : a bag or bundle of objects that is carried on a person's or animal's back
He took a map and a bottle of water out of his pack.
hikers carrying heavy packs up a mountain
They loaded the packs onto the horses.
2 a : a small paper or cardboard package in which small things are sold
b : the amount contained in one pack
a pack [=(Brit) packet] of gum/cigarettes/needles
The entire pack of crayons spilled on the floor.
Cigarettes typically come in packs of 20.
4 : a complete set of playing cards : deck 5 : a group of similar people or things
A pack of reporters were following them wherever they went.
packs of teenagers/lawyers/thieves
The information he gave us was just a pack of lies. [=all lies]
One writer stands out from the pack. [=one writer is different from the others]
She's not content to simply follow the pack. [=to do what everyone else does]
6 : a large number of people who are grouped together during a race or competition — usually singular
In the last few seconds, she broke/drew/pulled away from the pack and won the race.
The company is trying to stay ahead of the pack. [=ahead of their competitors]
7 : a group of usually wild animals that hunt together 8 a : an organized group of Cub Scouts b chiefly British : an organized group of Brownies 9 : a thick, wet substance that is put on the skin as a beauty treatment
an herbal face pack
10 : a folded cloth that is pressed against a part of the body to reduce pain or stop bleeding from an injury
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Learner's definition of PACK
1 a [+ object] : to put (something) into a bag, suitcase, etc., so that you can take it with you
b : to put things into (a bag, box, etc.)
Don't forget to pack your toothbrush.
Be sure to pack your bathing suit and a towel.
I've packed a picnic lunch for us.
Pack your things/gear. We're leaving tonight.
We packed our bags the night before our trip.
Have you packed your suitcase yet?
My bags are packed, and I'm ready to go.
packing and unpacking boxes
I spent the evening packing for my trip.
She packed [=packed up] and left.
We had only one week to pack and move out of our apartment.
2 [+ object] : to put (something) into a box or other container so that it can be moved, stored, or protected — often + in or into 3 a [+ object] : to fill (a place) with as many people as possible
: to fill a place completely with (people) — often + into b always followed by a preposition, [no object] : to gather close together as a group
Over 25,000 people will pack the stadium for tonight's concert.
a famous comedian who packs clubs in every city
Her fans pack into theaters to hear her sing.
We all packed into the car.
The entire family packs around a small table for dinner.
4 [+ object] : to put a large amount of something into (something) — often + with 5 [+ object] : to make (dirt, snow, etc.) more firm or solid by pressing down on it 6 [+ object], US : to unfairly control the kinds of people or things that are in (a group, list, etc.) in order to get the result you want 7 [+ object], somewhat informal : to have or be able to produce (something powerful) 8 US, informal : to wear or carry (a weapon)
pack a punch/wallopinformal
: to be very forceful or effective
Careful—these hot peppers really pack a punch. [=they are very hot and spicy]
Unlike her last album, her new release packs a wallop. [=it is forceful and energetic]
pack away[phrasal verb]
pack (something) away or pack away (something)
: to put (something) in a safe place to be used at a later time
pack in[phrasal verb]
1 British, informal : to stop or quit 2 a pack in (someone or something) or pack (someone or something) in : to cause (someone or something) to fit into a small space
My suitcase was full, but I managed to pack in one more sweater.
There must have been a hundred people in that room. They packed us in like sardines!
— see also 2pack 2 (above) b pack in (people) or pack (people) in : to cause (large groups of people) to come to a show or performance
His show still packs in (the) crowds/audiences. [=large crowds/audiences still go to his show]
packing in fans of all ages
The movie has been packing them in at theaters across the country.
pack in (something)
3 a US, informal : to stop using (something) forever b British, informal : to give up doing (something)
He packed in [=quit] his job and became a farmer.
They might pack in [=stop, give up] the project altogether.
4 pack it ininformal : to stop doing a job or an activity : quit
pack in/into[phrasal verb]
pack (something) in/into (something)
: to put (a large amount of something) into (something)
pack off[phrasal verb]
pack (someone) off
: to send (someone) away to a different place — usually + to
Despite his protests, his mom packed him off to bed. [=sent him to bed]
parents packing their kids off to college
pack on the poundschiefly US, informalorpack on five/ten/fifteen (etc.) pounds
: to gain weight or a certain amount of weight
pack out[phrasal verb]
pack out (a place)British
: to cause (a place) to be filled with people : to fill (a place)
pack up[phrasal verb]
pack up or pack up (something) or pack (something) up
1 a : to gather things together so that you can take them with you
b British, informal : to stop or quit : to give up doing (something)
He packed up and left town.
You may take a few minutes to pack up your things, but then you must leave.
You should pack up your tools at the end of the day.
2 British, informal : to stop working properly
send (someone or something) packing
— packable/ˈpækəbəl/adjective,[more packable; most packable]