\ ˈpärk How to pronounce park (audio) \

Definition of park

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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
2a : 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
3a : 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
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


parked; parking; parks

Definition of park (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to enclose in a park
2a(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
3a : 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


biographical name
\ ˈpärk How to pronounce Park (audio) \

Definition of Park (Entry 3 of 3)

Mungo 1771–1806 Scottish explorer

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parklike \ ˈpärk-​ˌlīk How to pronounce parklike (audio) \ adjective


parker noun

Synonyms for park

Synonyms: Noun

demesne, ground, premises (also premisses), yard

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Examples of park in a Sentence


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


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Next door, in Sunder Nursery, the trust has converted 90 acres (36 hectares) of abandoned land into the sooty capital’s first new park in years, laid out as a classical Persian garden. The Economist, "India’s magnificent stepwells are relics of a nuanced history," 13 July 2019 Lueck and Ajayi's cellphone records placed them at the park at the same time, Gill said. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Man formally charged in murder of Utah college student Mackenzie Lueck," 10 July 2019 Cellphone data put Ajayi in the park at the same time, police said. CBS News, "Tech worker charged with murder in death of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck," 10 July 2019 In the hours after police tweeted out confirmation that the animal was in the lagoon Tuesday, crowds of people flocked to the park hoping to spot it. Javonte Anderson,, "Humboldt Park gator search enters second day with traps set, Alligator Bob searching lagoon," 10 July 2019 The protest spot in Bilin, where Mr. Abu Rahma’s family was having a picnic, has been turned into a park that includes orchards and a playground. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "West Bank Grows Calmer as Pocketbook Issues Take Priority Over Protests," 8 July 2019 The plants There's more to the park than 70 rides and attractions. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "30 things we love about Kentucky Kingdom for its 30th anniversary," 3 July 2019 Regardless, Lee's likeness won't return to the park or to public view in the area. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Appeals court rules Dallas can't remove Confederate War Memorial 'until further notice'," 2 July 2019 Once the dog meat market is closed, the government plans to turn the area into a public park as part of an urban planning project, which led to the negotiations for the market’s shutdown. Maria Pasquini,, "'Notorious' South Korea Dog Meat Market Shut Down — and More Than 80 Dogs Have Been Saved," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On July 4, police observed a vehicle that had expired license plates parked in the parking lot of a Tiedeman Road gas station. John Benson,, "Man makes unwanted advances on Walmart greeter: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 11 July 2019 My boyfriend, who later became my husband, came over and parked in front of my house. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "From Bonnie and Clyde to Walt Disney, Poway 103-year-old has lifetime of memories," 11 July 2019 Most meats sold half-pound and 1 pound, $10-$24; sausages starting at $4; sides $2.50-$4; regularly parked in a parking lot at 1590 White Bear Ave. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Where there’s smoke, there are barbecue restaurants. Here are 10 new ones.," 4 July 2019 Mills was discovered dead on Saturday in the passenger compartment of a tractor-trailer truck parked in a Kansas City, Kansas, industrial park. Chris Harris,, "Kan. Teen Found Dead in Truck Under 'Suspicious' Circumstances Showed No Signs of Injuries: Autopsy," 3 July 2019 Finally, an evacuation One by one, the cars usually parked in our courtyard disappeared. Sophia Moskalenko, Vox, "I was a child of Chernobyl," 2 July 2019 Nearby subway stations were shuttered and a small fleet of ambulances was seen parked in the shadow of the legislature in anticipation of further clashes. Time Staff, Time, "On the Anniversary of Its Return to Chinese Sovereignty, Hong Kong Flies the Rebel Flag," 1 July 2019 Adams, Jacobs and a third judge, Crawford County Judge Sabrina Bell, were standing near the building when an SUV parked nearby and two men left the vehicle. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana judge charged in shooting appears in court, ordered to stay away from White Castle," 28 June 2019 Mars is not an object parked in space beyond the moon. Anchorage Daily News, "What the Space Age taught us: Earth is the best of all possible worlds," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of park


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


1526, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for park


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

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English Language Learners Definition of park

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of park (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


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Kids Definition of park

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an area of land set aside for recreation or for its beauty
2 : an enclosed field for ball games


parked; parking

Kids Definition of park (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stop a vehicle and leave it for a while Never park in front of a hydrant.

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