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Definition of packed

1a : compressed packed snow
b : that is crowded or stuffed often used in combination an action-packed story
2 : filled to capacity played to a packed house

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Examples of packed in a Sentence

Add one cup of firmly packed brown sugar. One half cup loosely packed fresh parsley Oranges are packed full of vitamin C. The theater is always packed when he performs there. bands playing to packed audiences
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Here are some highlights from the packed day five of Jazz Fest 2018. Paul De Revere, Billboard, "LL Cool J, Beck, Preservation Hall Jazz Band & More Prove Jazz Fest is 'Where It's At'," 5 May 2018 But on a packed news day like Wednesday, the comedian decided to focus on Ryan. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Watch Stephen Colbert Bid a Gleeful Farewell to “CrossFit Dracula” Paul Ryan," 12 Apr. 2018 Over the course of six action-packed days, there were 160 matches going on both during the day and at night on the main court and four side courts. Emmett Hall,, "U.S. Olympians secure gold in Beach Volleyball Major Series tournament," 11 Mar. 2018 Between Hetty’s mysterious disappearance (and triumphant return), Deeks and Kensi’s wedding, and the general action-packed drama that comes along with fighting crime, season 10 has been one of the best so far. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: Los Angeles' Sparks Concern That the Show Might Be Ending," 14 Apr. 2019 That fear, combined with a jam-packed rush hour crowd, can prevent one from wearing their best duds for the ride. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell Takes Red Carpet Style On the Subway (Yes, Really)," 12 Apr. 2019 That’s a log drive—one of the most spectacular and action-packed features of America’s annual timber harvest that reaches a total of 35 billion feet a year. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 Reagan did something similar in his speech before a packed auditorium of students at Moscow State University. Roger Kimball, WSJ, "When Reagan Met Lenin," 30 May 2018 Kardashian is prepping for a packed day of filming Keeping Up with The Kardashians, which premiered it’s 16th season this week on E! Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kourtney Kardashian Explains Poosh, and Her Personal Approach to Clean Beauty," 2 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of packed

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of packed was in 1777

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English Language Learners Definition of packed

: pressed together so there is very little space between the parts or pieces
: filled with a large amount of something
: full of people : filled with as many people as possible

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