noun \ˈpärk\

: a piece of public land in or near a city that is kept free of houses and other buildings and can be used for pleasure and exercise

: a large area of public land kept in its natural state to protect plants and animals

sports : a field or stadium where a sport (especially baseball) is played

Full Definition of PARK

a :  an enclosed piece of ground stocked with game and held by royal prescription or grant
b :  a tract of land that often includes lawns, woodland, and pasture attached to a country house and is used as a game preserve and for recreation
a :  a piece of ground in or near a city or town kept for ornament and recreation
b :  an area maintained in its natural state as a public property
a :  a space occupied by military vehicles, materials, or animals
b :  parking lot
:  an enclosed arena or stadium used especially for ball games
:  an area designed for a specified type of use (as industrial, commercial, or residential use) <amusement parks>
park·like \ˈpärk-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of PARK

  1. We went for a walk in the park.
  2. New York City's Central Park.
  3. The nation's parks are a popular destination for tourists.
  4. He hit the ball out of the park.
  5. a rugby game in Eden Park

Origin of PARK

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin parricus, from pre-L *parra pole, trellis
First Known Use: 13th century



: to leave a car, truck, motorcycle, etc., in a particular place

of a car, truck, etc. : to be left in a particular place by a driver

: to temporarily leave (something) in a particular place

Full Definition of PARK

transitive verb
:  to enclose in a park
a (1) :  to bring (a vehicle) to a stop and keep standing at the edge of a public way (2) :  to leave temporarily on a public way or in a parking lot or garage
b :  to land and leave (as an airplane)
c :  to establish (as a satellite) in orbit
a :  to set and leave temporarily <parked his book on the chair>
b :  to place, settle, or establish especially for a considerable time <kids parked in front of the TV>
intransitive verb
:  to park a vehicle
park·er noun

Examples of PARK

  1. I couldn't find anywhere to park.
  2. I parked on the street.
  3. I parked the car on the street.
  4. Cars are only allowed to park on the right side of this street.
  5. The bus parked behind the museum.
  6. Park your bags in the hallway.
  7. She parked the money in a savings account and forgot about it for several years.

First Known Use of PARK



biographical name \ˈpärk\

Definition of PARK

Mungo 1771–1806 Scot. explorer


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Large outdoor area set aside for recreation. The earliest parks were hunting grounds of the Persian kings; such reserves became shaped by riding paths and shelters. A second type of park derived from the open-air meeting places of Greece, where the functions of an area for exercise, social concourse, and athletes' training ground were combined with elements of a sculpture gallery and religious centre. Parks of post-Renaissance times featured extensive woods, raised galleries, and often elaborate aviaries and cages for wild animals. What often differentiates present-day parks from parks of the past is their accommodation for active recreation; facilities may include outdoor theatres, zoos, concert shells, concessions for dining and dancing, amusement areas, boating areas, and areas for sports. See also national park.


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