\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

Healing from laser treatment isn’t always a walk in the park, either. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "6 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Laser Tattoo Removal," 31 Oct. 2018 Of the 23 statues depicting historical figures in the park today, none of them represents a woman. Harper's BAZAAR, "Monumental Women: Inside the Push for More Female Statues," 2 Oct. 2018 Mountain goats aren't a native species in the park. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Mountain Goats Are Being Airlifted Out of a National Park Because They Crave Human Pee," 28 Sep. 2018 Photos show the couple strolling in the park, sitting together at a table in a restaurant, and walking Meghan's cute Beagle named Guy. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "People Have Mixed Feelings About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wax Figures," 26 Aug. 2018 There’s all sorts of options people will ... a playground, the park ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "We have to rewrite antitrust law to deal with tech monopolies, says ‘Positive Populism’ author Steve Hilton," 24 Oct. 2018 Abdul-Ghani’s mother reported her son missing after Wahhaj took the boy, who turned 4 on Monday, to the park in Clayton County, Ga., and didn't return, The Albuquerque Journal reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Moms arrested after 11 children found in 'filthy' New Mexico compound with armed Muslim 'extremists,' cops say," 2 Oct. 2018 Access to the park is made easy thanks to daily shuttles and the historic town of Mariposa is just minutes away. Megan Barber, Curbed, "New ‘Airstream hotel’ coming to Yosemite National Park," 17 Sep. 2018 Reggie suddenly stops dead in his tracks, his eyes glued to a dog park. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In September, residents found an 18-wheeler refrigerator truck rented by Jalisco state stuffed with 157 cadavers parked in an unused field. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018 Guisados; and in Tijuana, there's Tacos Puebla, parked right in front of Dandy Del Sur cantina. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 More employees armed with cameras confronted the men, causing them to abandon the goods and drive away in a U-Haul truck parked outside the store, Bergh said. Campbell Lutz, ajc, "Men dressed as Walmart employees try to steal from metro Atlanta store," 7 July 2018 Among the ten shootings: -- June 23, Donald Armstrong and Stephen Campbell, both 23, were fatally shot in an SUV parked in the 2700 block of Northwest 167th Street. Wayne K. Roustan,, "9 days in Miami Gardens: 10 shootings including 4 fatalities; cops seeking help," 26 June 2018 The driver left the minivan parked in Commerce Township. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Hit-and-run driver sought after 14-year-old boy on bike struck, killed in Wixom," 12 June 2018 Police were gathered on both ends of the large crime scene at 7 a.m., with an evidence truck parked near Brookfield Street. Christine Dempsey,, "Wounded Driver Crashes On Hamilton Street In Hartford, Dies, Police Say," 7 June 2018 With moving trucks parked outside his official residence, Gov. Eric Greitens on Friday signed more than half of the bills approved by lawmakers during the 2018 legislative session. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Greitens signs 77 bills on his final day, including one outlawing ‘revenge porn’," 1 June 2018 That means, according to the researchers, that a child’s internal body temperature could reach unsafe levels after about an hour in a car parked in the sun, and after about two hours parked in the shade. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "This Is How Long It Takes a Hot Car to Reach Dangerous Temperatures," 25 May 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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