\ 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 Park (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 The park will have features for beginners to all levels. Tatyana Turner,, 4 June 2021 The park has a baby animal nursery, amusement park rides, big cat exhibits and a kangaroo walkabout. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 While the park has plenty of spots for camping, the waterfront cottages are the ideal spot for families who want to explore the outdoors but still have the comforts of home. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The park has monuments to the regiments from states whose troops fought in the siege. Richard Mason, Arkansas Online, 23 May 2021 The park has 650 acres of lakes, ponds, and woodlands., 16 May 2021 As for employees, including its restaurant workers, the park still has regulations to consider. Jason Hanna, CNN, 15 May 2021 Justice Pat DeWine asked Fellerhoff what the heirs thought about how frequently the park had to be open to the public. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 11 May 2021 The park had just 65 operating days in 2020, well below the normal 160. Jordan Kellogg, The Enquirer, 10 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When a resident asked about where people driving to the trail might park, Bain again stated that no new parking would be added. cleveland, 27 May 2021 That’s where all these charging stations where cars park all day or all night can come to the rescue. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 The utility proceeded to build 3,040 charging stations at 254 sites — such as workplaces, condominiums and apartment complexes where drivers park for long periods of time but often don’t have access to charging infrastructure. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Mar. 2021 And Google Maps is teaming up with Fred Meyer, a division of The Kroger Co., to make grocery pickup easier by notifying users when their order is ready and telling them where to park. Fortune, 30 Mar. 2021 Participants traded messages about where to park together overnight on the streets of Washington. New York Times, 16 Jan. 2021 There are so many things to figure out — from where to park on game days to how to adjust to your child living away from home — even without a global pandemic happening. Giana Han, al, 27 Oct. 2020 The inflows also show continued returns for Chief Executive Larry Fink’s strategy of building a broad superstore that sells everything from financial technology to private equity to money funds where investors park cash. Dawn Lim, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2020 Not sure what the answer is — or even if there is an answer — in this series for where to park the Heat’s Duncan Robinson defensively. Ira Winderman,, 14 Sep. 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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10 Jun 2021

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“Park.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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