pack

A pack is a container of something, especially one made of sturdy paper. You might run to the store for a pack of batteries for your new clock and a pack of crayons for your new coloring book.

As a noun, pack might seem like a shortened form of package, but it actually comes from a Germanic root that means "bundle." You can also use this word to mean "group of animals" or "group of criminals," while the verb pack means "fill a bag for a trip." You might pack a pack of cards when you travel across the country by train, since you'll have a lot of hours to fill.

Definitions of pack
  1. noun
    a convenient package or parcel (as of cigarettes or film)
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    type of:
    package, parcel
    a wrapped container
  2. verb
    arrange in a container
    pack the books into the boxes”
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    Antonyms:
    take out, unpack
    remove from its packing
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    containerise, containerize
    package in a container
    bag
    put into a bag
    bundle, bundle up, roll up
    make into a bundle
    stow
    fill by packing tightly
    pouch
    put into a small bag
    type of:
    case, encase, incase
    enclose in, or as if in, a case
  3. verb
    have the property of being packable or of compacting easily
    “Such odd-shaped items do not pack well”
    synonyms: compact
    bundle, compact, wad
    compress into a wad
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  4. verb
    compress into a wad
    synonyms: bundle, compact, wad
    compact
    have the property of being packable or of compacting easily
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    puddle
    work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
    type of:
    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
  5. verb
    press down tightly
    synonyms: tamp, tamp down
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    type of:
    compact, compress, pack together
    make more compact by or as if by pressing
  6. verb
    press tightly together or cram
    “The crowd packed the auditorium”
    synonyms: jam, mob, pile, throng
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    type of:
    crowd, crowd together
    to gather together in large numbers
  7. verb
    seal with packing
    pack the faucet”
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    type of:
    seal, seal off
    make tight; secure against leakage
  8. verb
    fill to capacity
    “This singer always packs the concert halls”
    “The murder trial packed the court house”
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    type of:
    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  9. noun
    a complete collection of similar things
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    disc pack, disk pack
    (computer science) a portable pack of magnetic disks used in a disk storage device
    deck, deck of cards, pack of cards
    a pack of 52 playing cards
    type of:
    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  10. noun
    a large indefinite number
    synonyms: battalion, large number, multitude, plurality
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    large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
  11. noun
    a group of hunting animals
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    wolf pack
    a group of wolves hunting together
    type of:
    animal group
    a group of animals
  12. noun
    an association of criminals
    “a pack of thieves”
    synonyms: gang, mob, ring
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    nest
    a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality
    youth gang
    a gang whose members are teenagers
    sleeper nest
    a nest of sleepers awaiting a prearranged signal
    type of:
    association
    a formal organization of people or groups of people
  13. noun
    an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
    synonyms: camp, clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle
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    Bloomsbury Group
    an inner circle of writers and artists and philosophers who lived in or around Bloomsbury early in the 20th century and were noted for their unconventional lifestyles
    bohemia
    a group of artists and writers with real or pretended artistic or intellectual aspirations and usually an unconventional life style
    brain trust, kitchen cabinet
    an inner circle of unofficial advisors to the head of a government
    loop
    an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan)
    cabal, camarilla, faction, junto
    a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
    junta, military junta
    a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power
    maffia, mafia
    any tightly knit group of trusted associates
    faction, sect
    a dissenting clique
    galere, rogue's gallery
    a coterie of undesirable people
    hard core
    the most dedicated and intensely loyal nucleus of a group or movement
    splinter group
    a faction or sect that has broken away from its parent organization
    left, left wing
    those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
    right, right wing
    those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
    old guard
    a faction that is unwilling to accept new ideas
    pro-choice faction
    those who argue that the decision to have an induced abortion should be made by the mother
    pro-life faction
    those who argue that induced abortion is killing and should be prohibited
    type of:
    band, circle, lot, set
    an unofficial association of people or groups
  14. verb
    treat the body or any part of it by wrapping it, as with blankets or sheets, and applying compresses to it, or stuffing it to provide cover, containment, or therapy, or to absorb blood
    “The nurse packed gauze in the wound”
    “You had better pack your swollen ankle with ice”
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    type of:
    care for, treat
    provide treatment for
  15. noun
    a sheet or blanket (either dry or wet) to wrap around the body for its therapeutic effect
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    corrective, restorative
    a device for treating injury or disease
  16. noun
    a cream that cleanses and tones the skin
    synonyms: face pack
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    corrective, restorative
    a device for treating injury or disease
  17. verb
    have with oneself; have on one's person
    “She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains”
    synonyms: carry, take
    carry
    have or possess something abstract
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    type of:
    feature, have
    have as a feature
  18. verb
    carry, as on one's back
    Pack your tents to the top of the mountain”
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    type of:
    carry, transport
    move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
  19. verb
    load with a pack
    synonyms: load down
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    type of:
    lade, laden, load, load up
    fill or place a load on
  20. verb
    hike with a backpack
    synonyms: backpack
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    type of:
    hike
    walk a long way, as for pleasure or physical exercise
  21. noun
    a bundle (especially one carried on the back)
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    type of:
    bundle, sheaf
    a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing
  22. verb
    set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome
    pack a jury”
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    appoint, constitute, name, nominate
    create and charge with a task or function
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