parcel

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpɑːrsəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈpɑrsəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pärsəl)


Inflections of 'parcel' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
When both "l" and "ll" forms exist, spellings with a double "l" are correct, but rare, in US English, while those with a single "l" are not correct in UK English.
parcels
v 3rd person singular
parcelling
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." (Mainly UK)
parceling
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." (US)
parcelled
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (Mainly UK)
parceled
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (US)
parcelled
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (Mainly UK)
parceled
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (US)
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
parcel - package - packet
‘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’.
‘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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