park

noun
\ 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

park

verb
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

Park

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

Definition of Park (Entry 3 of 3)

Mungo 1771–1806 Scottish explorer

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Other Words from park

Noun

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

Verb

parker noun

Synonyms for park

Synonyms: Noun

demesne, ground, premises (also premisses), yard

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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

But to best explore the park’s UNESCO World Heritage wonders, venture off the yacht. Travis Levius, Vogue, "Chasing Komodo Dragons on Indonesia’s Latest Super Yacht," 26 Apr. 2019 It was found in the Big Cypress National Preserve with 73 developing eggs inside of its belly, a foreboding sign of the gargantuan offspring set to roam the park. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Capture the Biggest Snake Ever Found in the Florida Everglades," 8 Apr. 2019 Wondering what to pop on to take your dog out for a stroll around the park? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian's Naked Gold Bodysuit Leaves Zero to the Imagination," 2 Apr. 2019 Today, the boys relish the park’s covered dugouts and manicured outfields. Kate Morgan, Woman's Day, "A New Jersey Softball Team Is Lifting Its City's Spirits," 21 Mar. 2019 The 66-acre park transformed a forgettable section of land overlooking the Arkansas River into a whimsical dreamscape with countless things to do. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Stunning $465M park set to transform Tulsa’s riverfront," 30 Aug. 2018 The park’s Facebook post had been shared more than 6,400 times in two days and drawn 1,000-plus comments, many expressing fear. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "A white rattlesnake? Texas park posts photo of ‘cryptic’ viper known for potent bite.," 13 July 2018 The ministry suspended the ongoing move of rhinos and said the surviving ones in the new park were being closely monitored. Washington Post, "8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation," 13 July 2018 Find the nearest mountain, hill, lake, state park, or local trail. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Hiking Boots for Exploring the Outdoors," 9 Apr. 2019

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Surveillance cameras recorded a thief approaching his vehicle around 4:20 a.m. on the last Saturday in May. It was parked close to the Macomb Township home with exterior lights shining brightly. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Why you might want to wrap your car fob in foil," 6 July 2018 It’s harder to track hunters’ cars when they’re parked at the edge of a cul-de-sac or an empty lot instead of a dirt road. Rachel Jones, charlotteobserver, "He's Mecklenburg's only wildlife officer in a county with over 1 million people," 28 June 2018 Reports indicate video surveillance captured the suspect entering the resident’s unlocked 2018 Mercedes SUV while it was parked in the driveway. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Transient man held on suspicion of grand theft, walking in on LCF resident and her daughter," 27 June 2018 Make sure all child passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked. Lauren Colley, ajc, "10 ways to prevent hot car deaths," 20 June 2018 Those tests came after a DHS team led by Dr. Robert Hickey took just two days to hack remotely into the plane while it was parked at a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) facility at the Atlantic City Airport in September of 2016. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "DHS experts warn it's a "matter of time" before hackers hit commercial airliners," 12 June 2018 Officers approached Brown in a Walgreens parking lot as he was parked across two handicap spaces. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Bucks players support Sterling Brown after police release arrest video," 23 May 2018 After the bloody breakup of the federation in the 1990s, it first was parked in Montenegro before being sold to Croatia for $150,000. Washington Post, "Ex-Yugo autocratic leader’s iconic yacht given new life," 23 May 2018 Cal Fire San Diego officials tweeted just before 5 a.m. Footage from the scene showed the motor home was destroyed, with only its frame left standing after flames tore through the rest of it and destroyed the tall overhang it was parked under. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Flames destroy motor home, garage in Ramona," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of park

Noun

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

Verb

1526, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for park

Noun

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

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park

noun

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

park

verb

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

park

noun
\ ˈpärk How to pronounce park (audio) \

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

park

verb
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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