\ ˈpärk How to pronounce park (audio) \

Definition of park

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2)

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

Other Words from park


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the case of the playground’s treehouse, the park has once again promised to rebuild. Henri Hollis, ajc, 15 May 2022 Pietrapertosa is a village in Southern Italy’s Basilicata region, situated in a mountainous area within the regional park of Gallipoli Cognato Piccole Dolomiti Lucane. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 15 May 2022 The bridge, which connects the waterfront state park to the city’s downtown, will be refurbished and rebuilt to honor those who died in military service or as a result of their military service, organizers said. Breanne Kovatch,, 15 May 2022 The historic Barnard Park, across Main from the shelter and the new development, is the focus of plans to make the park more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. Contact Kenneth R. Gosselin at Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 15 May 2022 There’s no charge to explore a 4.5-acre terrain where the capacious dog park rivals the multi-level playground in size. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 May 2022 Early on, the park visibly took COVID-19 seriously. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 Perfect for the beach, the park or a picnic, this bed requires absolutely no setup and comes put together and ready to use right out of the box. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 In its catalog, the auction house says the Deinonychus inspired the raptors who terrorize the park’s visitors in the 1993 film. Joseph Pisani, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Witnesses told police that bystanders helped park the red Kia and get the boy out of the car after the crash. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 13 May 2022 The office’s investigation bureau partnered with local car-rental companies to park vehicles in areas with high burglary rates. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Questions about tickets may be directed to park staff at 860-526-2336. Hartford Courant, 11 May 2022 Then, the plaintiffs' lawyers would argue that employer was irresponsible in letting workers park so much of their savings in a single stock. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 9 May 2022 During his presidential campaign, Mr. Biden often spoke about broadband services as a necessity and pointed to the plight of families who would park in fast-food parking lots to access wireless internet during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ken Thomas, WSJ, 9 May 2022 Those who park outside shouldn’t be surprised windshields need scraping this morning. oregonlive, 9 May 2022 Graham was a fan of Timbaland and Dr. Dre, but found other mixologists to obsess over by digging into Soundcloud and going deep on SoundClick, where studio heads park their best stuff. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 Guests can enter Churchill Downs through the Paddock Gate and should park for free in the nearby White Lot for convenient entry. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Park.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ 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


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.

Park biographical name

\ ˈpärk How to pronounce Park (audio) \

Definition of Park

Mungo 1771–1806 Scottish explorer

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