park

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noun

1
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
2
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
3
a
: a space occupied by military vehicles, materials, or animals
4
: an enclosed arena or stadium used especially for ball games
5
: an area designed for a specified type of use (such as industrial, commercial, or residential use)
amusement parks
parklike adjective

park

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verb

parked; parking; parks

transitive verb

1
: to enclose in a park
2
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 (an aircraft) in an assigned or accessible location
c
: to establish (something, such as a satellite) in orbit
3
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
parker noun
Phrases
out of the park
baseball : over the fence for a home run
swung at a fastball and hit/knocked it out of the park
often used figuratively
You're about to start a race or step onstage, and you want to knock it out of the park. [=to excel; to perform extremely well]Jeanine Detz
Pepi is doing a great job lately making inexpensive white wines, and with this Sauvignon Blanc, the winery really knocks it out of the park.Steve Heimoff

Examples of park in a Sentence

Noun We went for a walk in the park. New York City's Central Park. The nation's parks are a popular destination for tourists. He hit the ball out of the park. a rugby game in Eden Park Verb I couldn't find anywhere to park. I parked on the street. I parked the car on the street. Cars are only allowed to park on the right side of this street. The bus parked behind the museum. Park your bags in the hallway. She parked the money in a savings account and forgot about it for several years.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Residents took to the streets and parks of the city, walking, shopping, taking children to playgrounds. Fox News, 13 May 2024 Foster's profound tie to place reminds me of birders who closely attend to nature in their own yard or local park. Barbara J. King, NPR, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for park 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin parricus, from pre-Latin *parra pole, trellis

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1526, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of park was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Park.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/park. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

park

1 of 2 noun
1
: an area around a country house used for recreation (as hunting or riding)
2
a
: a piece of ground in or near a city or town kept as a place of beauty or recreation
b
: an area maintained in its natural state as a public property
3
4
: an enclosed field for ball games

park

2 of 2 verb
1
: to leave a vehicle standing temporarily
2
: to set and leave temporarily
park yourself in that chair

Biographical Definition

Park

biographical name

Mungo 1771–1806 Scottish explorer

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