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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 In the past three years, at least 100 of Laos’s captive elephants have been illegally trafficked out of the country, bound for foreign zoos and safari parks. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 The community, left-leaning and intellectual, was designed to be a middle-class utopia, with affordable Modernist houses and shared resources, such as a coöperative nursery school, and, at the center, a park for sports and picnics. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "Waking up from the California Dream," 11 Nov. 2019 New York’s newest tourist attraction isn’t a museum, park, or art installation. Laura M. Holzman, Quartzy, "The popularity of the “Joker Stairs” highlights the problem with movie tourism," 8 Nov. 2019 Weeds growing in cities and public parks might have been doused in pesticides or chemical fertilizers, or may be accumulating dangerous heavy metals from tainted soil. Time, "Why Modern-Day Foragers Want You to Eat Weeds for Dinner," 7 Nov. 2019 Precise routes for trains and major busways, meanwhile, will wait for federal approvals, which require environmental analyses, including the effect on homes, historic properties, businesses and parks. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "Metro’s $3.5B bond finds strong support in early vote tally," 5 Nov. 2019 Yet, the skyline shows there’s no turning back on a new parking deck, a major medical center, state-of-the-art city hall, modern police station and downtown park — developments that officials in other cities likely would welcome. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland's hot local elections: Clawson, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Troy and Southfield," 3 Nov. 2019 New York’s newest tourist attraction isn’t a museum, park or art installation. Laura M. Holzman, The Conversation, "‘Joker’ fans flocking to a Bronx stairway highlights tension of media tourism," 1 Nov. 2019 Many cities and states have already imposed zoning regulations on smoking and vaping businesses aimed at reducing their density or preventing them from locating near schools and parks. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Should Louisville limit the number of vape and smoke shops? Why one councilman thinks so," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Today, dozens of fishing vessels sit parked in the marina at Neah Bay, where restaurants serve buttery cod and where the skeleton of the whale caught in 1999 hangs from the ceiling of the tribal museum. John Eligon, New York Times, "A Native Tribe Wants to Resume Whaling. Whale Defenders Are Divided.," 14 Nov. 2019 Before the first show, a truck transporting the band's equipment was parked behind the venue, located on East 14th Street and later known as the Palladium. Matt Wake |, al, "The mystery of The Swampers’ stolen Muscle Shoals bass guitar," 12 Nov. 2019 An old Honda is parked in a carport from which paint is peeling like sunburned skin. Christian Holub,, "Read an excerpt from Dean Koontz's newest story collection, Nameless," 11 Nov. 2019 The donor bus will be parked behind the restaurant. Houston Chronicle, "Katy calendar of events for the week beginning Nov. 13," 11 Nov. 2019 Stacy’s car was parked outside, but no one answered the door. Elaine Aradillas,, "After 27 Years, Springfield 3 Crime Scene Still Troubles the Mother of One of the Missing Girls," 4 Nov. 2019 His car is parked near his girlfriend's house overnight. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Solving the mystery behind the disappearance of Kelly Dwyer," 2 Nov. 2019 The site is still parked, though, gloriously, hasn’t been refreshed in 20 years. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Sites That Mean the Most to Us," 1 Nov. 2019 The devil’ McBarron lives on a 9.7-acre property about 20 miles east of Dallas, and his Mercedes and Chevy Suburban were parked in the carport during a visit to his home. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Horses go from racetracks to slaughterhouses: 'It's just a job to me'," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Park.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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