\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fern Creek Assistant Fire Chief Dewayne Hutchens said authorities were called out about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to the park area that's just east of Interstate 265 on a report of missing kayakers. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kayakers found safe after going missing in The Parklands of Floyds Fork, authorities say," 1 July 2020 The man was swimming in Manzanita Lake on June 25 when he was bitten by a female river otter, park spokesman Kevin Sweeney told The Times on Tuesday. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, "Encounter with mother otter at California national park sends visitor to the hospital," 30 June 2020 Outdoor rec uses will include a small skateboard park and a putting green. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "City cash totaling $3.1 million endorsed for a $59 million mixed-use development on Milwaukee north side," 30 June 2020 Use fallen branches instead of breaking off live branches, and make sure to check daily fire conditions and park guidance on whether wood-burning fires are allowed at your campground. Matt Jancer, Wired, "The 12 Best 4th of July Deals on Outdoor Gear," 30 June 2020 After notification, come to the library, park in a numbered spot, call 440-333-7610, press 1 and provide your name, library card number and parking space number, then open the trunk and remain in the car. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Rocky River Public Library allows limited access to building: West Shore Chatter," 30 June 2020 According to the American Hiking Society, if passed, the bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years from energy development revenues on federal land and water to assist in park maintenance. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "The Great American Outdoors Act Could Give Billions of Dollars to National Parks — Here’s What You Need to Know," 29 June 2020 Recreation centers and park carousels won’t open yet, even though it’s allowed under Phase 2. Washington Post, "Prince George’s lifts more restrictions as region’s falling virus caseload begins to flatten," 29 June 2020 Homeowners enjoy resort-style amenities, including acres of green space, a greenbelt along Duck Creek, a modern farmhouse barn amenity center, a swimming pool, miles of trails, an expansive dog park and perennial gardens. Dallas News, "Villas ready in new Garland community," 28 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb People who park in this auxiliary lot could bring chairs and blankets and sit on the lawn. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Germantown reschedules drive-in movie date for 'Frozen 2'," 2 July 2020 Voters can park for free, and State Farm Arena full-time and part-time staff will be trained as election workers. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Atlanta Hawks to transform State Farm Arena into massive voting station for 2020 elections," 30 June 2020 Spacing our fans out, spacing the way people park ... Briar Napier, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Rising GM: No perfect way to return to sports," 27 June 2020 In addition, the Corridor 9 pedestrian bridge will reopen, which news reporters who park in the press lot will welcome. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "After virtual NATO ministerial, US defense secretary makes personal appearance in Brussels to reassure nervous allies," 26 June 2020 To experience real outrage calibrate your oven, simply park the probe inside (using either a grate clip or an all-metal binder clip), crank the heat to 400 degrees, and see what the thermometer says. Mackenzie Fegan And Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "An Oven Thermometer Will Reveal If Your Oven Is Lying to You," 25 June 2020 Its 19 pick-up bays are designed deep enough so that a curbside customer can park a Suburban in the pouring rain, open their hatch to let the groceries be stowed and the curbside partner not get drenched. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "H-E-B Spring Green Market opens in Richmond," 24 June 2020 Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, those ubiquitous blue parking permits have allowed drivers with disabilities to park in prime spaces, often for free and with no time limits. Cari Shane, Car and Driver, "Violators Will Be Ticketed: Fighting Disability-Parking-Placard Fraud," 21 June 2020 Guests will be asked to park in every other space as a precautionary measure to allow for social distancing. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Here's your guide to Fourth of July 2020 fireworks in metro Phoenix," 20 June 2020

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

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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Park.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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