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1. A wrapped or boxed object; a parcel: A package arrived in the mail.
2. A container or wrapping in which something is stored, transported, or sold: had trouble opening the package.
3. A commodity, such as food, contained in a package and sold as a unit: a package of peanuts.
4. A combination of items considered, offered, or sold as a unit: a vacation travel package.
5. Vulgar Slang A man's genitals.
tr.v. pack·aged, pack·ag·ing, pack·ag·es
1. To place into a package or make a package of.
2. To present or publicize in a certain way: packaged his life story as a romance with a happy ending.
3. To consider, offer, or sell as a unit: packaged the furniture and the TV at a sale price.

pack′ag·er n.
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1. any wrapped or boxed object or group of objects
a. a proposition, offer, or thing for sale in which separate items are offered together as a single or inclusive unit
b. (as modifier): a package holiday; a package deal.
3. a complete unit consisting of a number of component parts sold separately
4. the act or process of packing or packaging
5. (Computer Science) computing a set of programs designed for a specific type of problem in statistics, production control, etc, making it unnecessary for a separate program to be written for each problem
6. US and Canadian another word for pack18
vb (tr)
7. to wrap in or put into a package
8. (Commerce) to design and produce a package for (retail goods)
9. to group (separate items) together as a single unit
10. (Journalism & Publishing) to compile (complete books) for a publisher to market
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(ˈpæk ɪdʒ)

n., v. -aged, -ag•ing. n.
1. a bundle of something that is packed and wrapped or boxed; parcel.
2. a container, as a box or case, in which something is packed.
3. a person or thing conceived of as a compact unit having particular characteristics: a package of mischief.
4. a finished product contained in a unit suitable for immediate installation and operation, as a heating unit.
5. a group or combination of related parts or elements offered as a single unit: a contract package; a tax package.
6. a complete program or series of programs produced for the theater, television, etc., and sold as a unit.
7. to make or put into a package.
8. to design and manufacture a package for (a product).
9. to combine or offer as a single unit.
[1605–15; < Dutch pakkage baggage. See pack1, -age]
pack′age•a•ble, adj.
pack′ag•er, n.
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 a bundle of things packed together, 1722. See also cargo.
Example: package of dispatches, 1897.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. 'parcel' and 'package'

A parcel or package is an object or group of objects wrapped in paper, that can be carried somewhere or sent by post. The two words have almost exactly the same meaning in British English, but a parcel usually has a more regular shape than a package.

Charities sent parcels of food and clothes to the refugees.
I am taking this package to the post office.

In American English, package is usually used rather than 'parcel'.

2. 'packet'

In British English, a packet is a small container in which a quantity of something is sold. Packets are either small boxes made of thin cardboard, or bags or envelopes made of paper or plastic.

There was an empty cereal packet on the table.
Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.

In American English, a container like this is usually called a package or pack.

A packet of or a package of something can refer either to the container and its contents, or to the contents only.

The shelf was stacked with packages of rice and dried peas.
He ate a whole a packet of biscuits.
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Past participle: packaged
Gerund: packaging

I package
you package
he/she/it packages
we package
you package
they package
I packaged
you packaged
he/she/it packaged
we packaged
you packaged
they packaged
Present Continuous
I am packaging
you are packaging
he/she/it is packaging
we are packaging
you are packaging
they are packaging
Present Perfect
I have packaged
you have packaged
he/she/it has packaged
we have packaged
you have packaged
they have packaged
Past Continuous
I was packaging
you were packaging
he/she/it was packaging
we were packaging
you were packaging
they were packaging
Past Perfect
I had packaged
you had packaged
he/she/it had packaged
we had packaged
you had packaged
they had packaged
I will package
you will package
he/she/it will package
we will package
you will package
they will package
Future Perfect
I will have packaged
you will have packaged
he/she/it will have packaged
we will have packaged
you will have packaged
they will have packaged
Future Continuous
I will be packaging
you will be packaging
he/she/it will be packaging
we will be packaging
you will be packaging
they will be packaging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been packaging
you have been packaging
he/she/it has been packaging
we have been packaging
you have been packaging
they have been packaging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been packaging
you will have been packaging
he/she/it will have been packaging
we will have been packaging
you will have been packaging
they will have been packaging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been packaging
you had been packaging
he/she/it had been packaging
we had been packaging
you had been packaging
they had been packaging
I would package
you would package
he/she/it would package
we would package
you would package
they would package
Past Conditional
I would have packaged
you would have packaged
he/she/it would have packaged
we would have packaged
you would have packaged
they would have packaged
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.package - a collection of things wrapped or boxed togetherpackage - a collection of things wrapped or boxed together
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
wisp - a small bundle of straw or hay
2.package - a wrapped containerpackage - a wrapped container      
sheaf, bundle - a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
pack - a convenient package or parcel (as of cigarettes or film)
packet - a small package or bundle
3.package - (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memorypackage - (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory; "the market for software is expected to expand"
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
computer code, code - (computer science) the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions
alpha software - a first release of a software product that is usually tested only by the developers
authoring language - software that can be used to develop interactive computer programs without the technically demanding task of computer programming
beta software - software that has not yet been released but has received an alpha test and still has more bugs than a regular release; "beta software is usually available only to particular users who will test it"
compatible software - software that can run on different computers without modification
compatible software - application software programs that share common conventions so they can be utilized together
computer-aided design, CAD - software used in art and architecture and engineering and manufacturing to assist in precision drawing
freeware - software that is provided without charge
groupware - software that can be used by a group of people who are working on the same information but may be distributed in space
operating system, OS - (computer science) software that controls the execution of computer programs and may provide various services
computer program, computer programme, programme, program - (computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute; "the program required several hundred lines of code"
subprogram, subroutine, procedure, routine, function - a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
shareware - software that is available free of charge; may be distributed for evaluation with a fee requested for additional features or a manual etc.
shrink-wrapped software - software on CD-ROMs that are boxed and shrink-wrapped and sold in stores (implying a widely supported standard platform)
spyware - computer software that obtains information from a user's computer without the user's knowledge or consent
supervisory software - specialized programs that reside permanently in the computer's main memory and control the processing of user's programs
software documentation, documentation - program listings or technical manuals describing the operation and use of programs
database management system, DBMS - a software system that facilitates the creation and maintenance and use of an electronic database
upgrade - software that provides better performance than an earlier version did
Verb1.package - put into a box; "box the gift, please"
encase, incase, case - enclose in, or as if in, a case; "my feet were encased in mud"
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1. parcel, box, container, packet, carton I tore open the package.
2. collection, lot, unit, combination, compilation A complete package of teaching aids, course notes and case studies had been drawn up.
1. pack, box, wrap up, parcel (up), batch The coffee beans are ground and packaged for sale.
2. promote, advertise, publicize, present, display, plug, hype, put before the public A city, like any product, has to be packaged properly for the consumer market.
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To cover and tie (something), as with paper and string:
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حُزمَةٌرُزْمَه، حُزْمَهطَرْدٌيَحْزِم، يَرْزِم
paketaspasiūlymų paketassiuntinyssuorganizuotos atostogos/kelionė
paketpaket etmekpaketlemek
góigói đồ


A. N
1. (= parcel, container) → paquete m
2. (US) (= packet) → paquete m
the ingredients were clearly listed on the packagelos ingredientes estaban enumerados claramente en el paquete
3. (fig)
3.1. (= deal) → oferta f
a generous remuneration packageuna generosa oferta de remuneración
the package includes two nights in a hotella oferta incluye dos noches en un hotel
3.2. [of measures, aid] → paquete m
an economic aid packageun paquete de ayuda económica
see also rescue
3.3. (= holiday) → viaje m organizado, vacaciones fpl organizadas
the price of a package has gone up by 8% since last yearel precio de un viaje organizado or de las vacaciones organizadas ha subido un 8% desde el año pasado
4. (Comput) → paquete m
see also software
1. (US) (Comm) (also package up) (in paper, packet) → empaquetar, embalar, empacar (LAm); (in bottle, jar) → envasar
packaged foodsalimentos mpl envasados
2. (fig) → presentar
it depends how you package the proposaldepende de la forma en que presentes la propuesta
C. CPD package deal N (= holiday) → viaje m organizado, vacaciones fpl organizadas; (= deal) → oferta f; (= agreement) → acuerdo m global
package holiday (Brit) package vacation (US) Nviaje m organizado, vacaciones fpl organizadas
to go on or take a package holidayhacer un viaje organizado
package store N (US) tienda con licencia para vender bebidas alcohólicas
package tour Nviaje m organizado
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(= parcel) → paquet m
(mainly US) (= packet) [goods] → paquet m
(= group of items sold together) → pack m
(offered by holiday company)séjour m tout compris
a self-catering package to Livigno → un séjour tout compris, avec hébergement en appartement, à Livigno
(= contract) → contrat m global
(= set of proposals) → enveloppe f
a financial package for sb/sth → une enveloppe financière pour qn/qch
a financial rescue package for Britain's railways → une enveloppe d'aide financière pour les chemins de fer britanniques
a compensation package for sb → une enveloppe compensatoire pour qn
an aid package → une enveloppe d'aide
a reform package → un train de réformes
He announced his reform package for the NHS → Il a annoncé son train de réformes pour le NHS.
a package of measures → un train de mesures
a package of measures to help the aviation industry → un train de mesures pour venir en aide à l'industrie aéronautique
(COMPUTING)progiciel m
[+ goods] → conditionnerpackage deal n
(= contract) → contrat m global (= set of proposals) → accord m global
a package deal linking the lifting of sanctions and the withdrawal of troops → un accord global comprenant la levée des sanctions et le retrait des troupes
(= for holiday) → séjour m tout comprispackage holiday (British)
modif [+ company, industry, market, operator] → de voyage à forfaitpackage store n (US)magasin m de vins et spiritueuxpackage tour nvoyage m organisé
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= parcel, esp US: = packet) → Paket nt; (of cardboard)Schachtel f
(esp Comm: = group, set) → Paket nt, → Bündel nt; software packageSoftwarepaket nt
(hum inf: = genitals) → Gehänge nt (inf); he’s hot a nice packageer hat ein großes Gehänge (inf)or eine Mördergurke (sl)
(in order to enhance sales) → präsentieren


package deal
package holiday
package insert
n (of medicine etc)Packungsbeilage f


package store
n (US) → Spirituosenhandlung f
package tour
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


1. n (parcel) → pacco; (smaller) → pacchetto (fig) (terms of agreement) → pacchetto
2. vt (Comm) (goods) → confezionare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈpӕkidʒ) noun
things wrapped up and tied (for posting etc); a parcel. a package of books.
to wrap up into a package. He packaged (up) the clothes.
ˈpackage deal noun
a set of proposals that must all be accepted together by all the parties to an agreement.
package holiday, package tour
a holiday or tour for which one pays the organizer a fixed price which includes everything (travel, hotel, food etc). It is cheaper to go on a package holiday.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


حُزمَةٌ, طَرْدٌ balíček, balík pakke Paket δέμα, πακέτο paquete paketti colis paket, pošiljka pacchetto, pacco 小包 소포, 포장 pakje, pakket pakke paczka pacote пакет, посылка paket พัสดุ, หีบห่อ paket gói, gói đồ 包裹, 小包
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Fascinated, Tom and Ned gazed at the package the Indian woman held out to them.
At first I could not recognise him, for his back was towards me and he was bending over a rather bulky package. When he had closed the door and picked up the package, he turned towards the dark closet, and then I saw who he was.
A great package came in response to our order, and very soon we were both absorbed, not so much in the trials as in following the brilliant career of a Mr.
That night, while grandmother was getting supper, we opened the package Mrs.
"Do you want anything--dolls--toys --books?" She opened the package wondering if he had sent a doll, and also wondering what she should do with it if he had.
A package of banknotes, to the value of fifty-five thousand pounds, had been taken from the principal cashier's table, that functionary being at the moment engaged in registering the receipt of three shillings and sixpence.
He tipped the waiter a quarter, and spent fifty cents for a package of Egyptian cigarettes.
Jim drew a package from his overcoat pocket and threw it upon the table.
For a while, she would perch like a canary-bird on some box or package near Tom, while busy in the little arts afore-named, and take from him, with a kind of grave bashfulness, the little articles he offered.
Drawing nearer I presently noticed that my own name was marked upon some of the packages, and after having carefully examined them, I felt sure that they were indeed those which I had put on board our ship at Balsora.
Meanwhile the sailors progressed rapidly with the task of unshipping the packages and caged animals.
This is then divided into separate parcels, which, after being made up into stout packages, enveloped in successive folds of leaves, and bound round with thongs of bark, are stored away in large receptacles hollowed in the earth, from whence they are drawn as occasion may require.