\ˈpärk \

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

b : parking lot

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


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 \

Definition of Park (Entry 3 of 3)

Mungo 1771–1806 Scottish explorer

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Other Words from park


parklike \ˈpärk-ˌlīk \ 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

Plus there’s a dog park and two first-floor guest rooms, which residents can rent for overnight guests for $75 a night. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: 4-bedroom Tarkington Tower condo for $550K means amenities plus view," 13 July 2018 The town owns 1,750 acres of land, 1,400 of which are parks and other open spaces. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "South Windsor Seeking An Additional $2 Million For Open Space Preservation," 12 July 2018 The analysis compared the health of people who had the least amount of access to green space — defined as open, undeveloped land, parks and street greenery — with those who had the most. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Massive new study review confirms nature nurtures your health," 12 July 2018 These samples, which test from one to 50 mosquitoes at a time, were collected from Elk Grove and Sacramento parks and neighborhoods. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "Vigilance urged as Sacramento region leads state in West Nile virus activity," 12 July 2018 The hotel is built on an 1830s estate, surrounded by a private park and situated on a secluded pebble beach with stunning, cinematic views of the Bay of Mazzarò. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 There were 30 projects remaining last year from the $400 million parks and environmentally sensitive lands preservation bond. Larry Barszewski,, "Several parks promised in 2000 proving a challenge to finish," 6 July 2018 The money will go toward installation of an entrance sign to Wellfield Park and the rehabilitation of existing trails in the park. Joe Naiman, Ramona Sentinel, "Eight nonprofits receive $251,806 in hotel tax money," 3 July 2018 People can go to Hyde Park and Mount Lookout and park for less. Sharon Coolidge,, "Park your car in Cincinnati? It's going to cost you (a lot) more.," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Someone entered two unlocked automobiles parked on the 4000 block of Fairway Drive sometime before 2 a.m. July 10 and took a backpack from one of them. Kathy Routliffe,, "Wilmette police blotter: Man charged with cocaine possession at Gillson Beach," 13 July 2018 Camp Humphreys houses an array of guard towers, tank training areas, and firing ranges, plus a flight line where Apache and Chinook helicopters are parked. Time, "Inside Camp Humphreys, South Korea: America's Largest Overseas Military Base," 13 July 2018 Oak Brook Burglary Change adding to $10 was reported stolen at 12:40 p.m. July 12 from a vehicle parked on the first block of Mockingbird Lane. Chuck Fieldman,, "Police blotter: nearly $7,500 in wallets and purses stolen from Nordstrom Rack at Oakbrook Center," 13 July 2018 Officers in the unmarked squad cars watched the teens while officers in marked vehicles parked in covert positions, police said. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora teens charged with breaking into vehicles at Fox Valley Mall," 10 July 2018 Researchers found that even vehicles parked in the shade can be fatal for a small child. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Kids sat in car in 90-degree heat — while their mothers were shoplifting, New Jersey police say," 5 July 2018 The man, who appears to be in his 20s, tries unsuccessfully to reverse, nearly hitting another vehicle parked in the driveway multiple times. Jared Leone, ajc, "Thief fails three-point-turn, flees after he can’t get truck out of driveway," 24 June 2018 The average temperatures for vehicles parked in the shade were above 100 degrees as well. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Even in the shade, hot cars can quickly become lethal for children, study shows," 20 June 2018 Only identified as male, the man was spotted wearing a hospital gown and bright yellow socks approaching a vehicle parked at a gas pump and entering the driver's side. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "New Orleans man in hospital gown spotted stealing SUV," 19 June 2018

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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

sports : 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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