Definition of package in English:

package

Line breaks: pack|age
Pronunciation: /ˈpakɪdʒ
 
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noun

  • 1An object or group of objects wrapped in paper or packed in a box: someone had left a suspicious package
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    • Next to her place was a dry goods store where they still wrapped your packages in brown paper before sending you home.
    • Don opened the brown paper wrapped package slowly, and undid the tape on a box inside of it.
    • ‘Happy Birthday,’ she said quietly as she took out a wrapped package from her bag and handed it to me.
  • 1.1North American A packet: a package of peanuts
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    • Edelman is also hoping that the recent increases in the cost of a package and carton of cigarettes will keep some youngsters from starting the habit.
    • The Pica Limon came in a package very similar to Pico Diana; very small individual packets full of powder.
    • For years - decades, perhaps - every package of chopsticks I've ever seen around here has come in the same red wrapper.
    Synonyms
  • 1.2 informal A man’s genitals.
  • 2 (also package deal) A set of proposals or terms offered or agreed as a whole: a package of measures announced by the government
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    • He will propose a whole package of measures against smuggling and money laundering, which will be coordinated with other government institutions.
    • As well as re-grading 999 calls, police chiefs have announced a whole package of radical proposals aimed at streamlining policing in Greater Manchester.
    • The plan offers a package of trade and aid initiatives for Africa, coupled with help to end civil wars and improve governance across the continent.
    Synonyms
    collection, bundle, lot; combination, conglomeration, raft, package deal
  • 2.1 informal A package holiday: a two-day package to Paris
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    • The peace and quiet of the North Coast of Bulgaria is a choice that many make based on its luxurious holiday packages, tour operators and foreign guests.
    • Lighthouse tours were included in my vacation package and I was in the mood for sightseeing.
    • To greet the Labour Day break, Shangri-La, the largest hotel group in China, is launching a special package for holiday-makers.
  • 3 Computing A collection of programs or subroutines with related functionality: CAD and banking packages
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    • That same year, the technology was further developed into a software package called Internet Phone Software.
    • Applicants should have a competency in computer-based accounts, spreadsheets, word-processing and data based packages.
    • Sophisticated software packages and search databases are being touted around to help detect literary theft.

verb

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  • 1Put into a box or wrapping for sale or transport: choose products which are packaged in recyclable materials (as adjective packaged) packaged foods
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    • Avoid margarine, deep fried foods, and packaged baked goods.
    • The mixture is then poured into moulds for curing, packaged and transported to the MCC warehouse in Winnipeg.
    • Cut flowers could be packaged and transported in many ways, but mainly in flower cups, sleeves, boxes, bulk bins, pallets and containers suitable for air and sea transport.
    Synonyms
    wrap, wrap up, gift-wrap; pack, pack up, parcel, parcel up, box, case, encase, bundle, bundle up
  • 1.1Combine (various products) for sale as one unit: films would be packaged with the pictures of a production company
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    • By observing their spending habits and behaviour, you can identify your location for distribution as well as other considerations such as how much to package in one product unit.
    • Like most packaged products, with-profits funds offers nothing more than a well-diversified portfolio of equities, bonds, cash and property.
  • 1.2Commission and produce (a book, typically a highly illustrated one) to sell as a complete product to publishers: it’s a question of trying to package the book properly
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    • The reader who buys his book will get a readable translation and a neatly packaged one - that's, one that's self-contained and told in the form of a continuous story.
    • Fortunately, the best articles of that era have been packaged into a new book edited by George Curry, editor of Emerge from 1993 to 2000.
    • The new book is similarly packaged but is much more limited in scope.
  • 2Present (someone or something) in an attractive or advantageous way: school science is packaged to appeal to boys, not girls (as adjective, with submodifier packaged) everything became a carefully packaged photo opportunity
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    • I do wonder when watching it how the entire two weeks living someone else's life is packaged and presented to us.
    • What's more, Chissick has come up with a most attractive way to package the revue.
    • The question is how do you present and cover and package news in a way that doesn't make people fall asleep?

Derivatives

packager

noun
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  • North of the USA, Canada has forced cigarette packagers to carry anti-smoking images on the packs, such as a photo of a cancerous lung or a statement linking smoking to impotence.
  • By the time a product arrives on the supermarket shelf the cost of the food is a small proportion of the total, which has been bumped up by transporters, packagers, distributors and retailers.
  • Farmers and food packagers everywhere will have to maintain paper trails on genetically altered food products.

Origin

mid 16th century (as a noun denoting the action or mode of packing goods): from the verb pack1 + -age; compare with Anglo-Latin paccagium. The verb dates from the 1920s.

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