1. simple past tense and past participle of pack


packed (comparative more packed, superlative most packed)

  1. Put into a package.
    packed lunch
  2. Filled with a large number or large quantity of something.
    packed with goodness
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      […] St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger's mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.
    • 2020 June 3, Lilian Greenwood talks to Paul Stephen, “Rail's 'underlying challenges' remain”, in Rail, page 33:
      A packed schedule of 13 different inquiries ranged from parking on pavements to filling potholes, plus a hard-hitting examination of the Government's proposed Airports National Policy Statement and its recommendation to grant approval for a third runway to be built at Heathrow.
  3. (colloquial) Filled to capacity with people.
    The bus was packed and I couldn't get on.
    • 2018 June 17, Barney Ronay, “Mexico’s Hirving Lozano stuns world champions Germany for brilliant win”, in Katharine Viner, editor, The Guardian[1], London: Guardian News & Media, ISSN 0261-3077, OCLC 229952407, archived from the original on 5 August 2019:
      On a steamy summer late afternoon the Luzhniki was once again packed. It is a vast space, with a roof that almost closes in on itself capturing the air like a superheated bubble.
    • 2019 October, Chris Stokes, “Between the Lines”, in Modern Railways, page 97:
      We picked up returning Millwall supporters at New Street, together with a couple of British Transport Police officers, and the train, an 11-car set, was now packed.



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