\ 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 Outside the park, lodging, food and gas are available in Cameron, 30 miles east on the Navajo Reservation. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, "Grand Canyon's east entrance will reopen after yearlong closure. What visitors should know," 8 Apr. 2021 The park’s tantalizing waterfalls and the strong spring current of the Merced River have also attributed to the high fatality numbers—17 people drowned. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "These Are the 5 Deadliest National Parks," 8 Apr. 2021 That park has a lot of foot traffic, kids who play at the playground and families meet at the pavilion. John Benson, cleveland, "Fairview Park taking modern approach, constructing prefabricated restroom for Bain Park," 8 Apr. 2021 Parents wondered whether kids could bring the coronavirus home from the park. Washington Post, "What can I do in the D.C. area right now? Festivals, museums and restaurants are coming back.," 8 Apr. 2021 Those precautions include social distancing and limiting capacity not only in the park itself but also on specific attractions and in buildings. D.l. Davis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Yes, state has lost more than a billion in tourism dollars," 8 Apr. 2021 Since its July reopening, the park's COVID-19 precautions have evolved. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Walt Disney World Updates Face Mask Guidance," 7 Apr. 2021 The gunfire rang out about 7 p.m. Sunday at the east Birmingham park. Carol Robinson |, al, "Pastor prepares eulogy for daughter killed in Birmingham park shooting: ‘She was loved and cherished’," 7 Apr. 2021 Police received a call for an active shooter Tuesday morning at the business park. CBS News, "Navy medic shoots 2 people, then is shot and killed on base in Maryland," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For a detailed list of the best places to park, and a full spectator’s guide, visit al, "Alabama hosting first Paralympics Cycling qualifier since pandemic," 7 Apr. 2021 Travelers can even choose to roll up in their own RV to park at one of its 67 RV sites. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Chic New Campground Has Instagram-worthy Cabins, Designer Airstreams, and a Drive-in Movie Theater," 7 Apr. 2021 Around 2017 Faussett offered his property off Buckshot Lane for bicyclists to park and find a short, unmarked trail to the riverbed. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Knik Glacier’s biking boom is drawing hundreds into backcountry once tough to reach," 1 Apr. 2021 Folks paid $10 a car to park in the lot with the best view. Washington Post, "Trump Plaza was blown up in Atlantic City, and D.C.’s 1st Amendment display is in pieces.," 18 Feb. 2021 There are three main areas to park for the Eagle Creek Trailhead. oregonlive, "What you need to know before hiking the reopened Eagle Creek Trail," 9 Jan. 2021 All those with an appointment will be able to park for free in five parking lots near the Cleveland State University arena. cleveland, "Limited number of COVID-19 vaccine appointments available this week for South Euclid residents," 15 Mar. 2021 The Aldi is just north of Target, and patrons likely will be able to park once and frequent both stores. Nick Sortal,, "Cleary Publix project starts in a few months | Opinion," 25 Feb. 2021 Visitors are also asked not to park in the cemetery, as this is where the event will be staged., "Military vets being remembered with wreaths," 14 Dec. 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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11 Apr 2021

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“Park.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 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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