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park

A park is an outdoor green space that people use for recreation. People can also park a car, which is to pull into a parking space and stop. Just don’t park your car in a park. Unless you’re a squirrel.

A city park usually has playgrounds, sports fields, walking paths, grass, and trees. There are also larger tracts of wild public land also known as parks, and these often have hiking trails, mountains, or bodies of water. Park is a verb too, meaning "drive into a parking space," so you could park your scooter at the park. Originally this verb referred exclusively to military vehicles, but by 1844 you could park any vehicle at all.

Definitions of park
  1. noun
    a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
    “they went for a walk in the park
    synonyms: common, commons, green
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    examples:
    Central Park
    a large park in Manhattan
    types:
    amusement park, funfair, pleasure ground
    a commercially operated park with stalls and shows for amusement
    village green
    a village park consisting of a plot of grassy land
    theme park
    an amusement park that is organized around some theme (as the world of tomorrow)
    type of:
    parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
    an extended area of land
  2. noun
    a large area of land preserved in its natural state as public property
    “there are laws that protect the wildlife in this park
    synonyms: parkland
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    types:
    national park
    a tract of land declared by the national government to be public property
    safari park
    an area of parkland where wild animals are kept and can be viewed by visitors driving through
    type of:
    parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
    an extended area of land
  3. noun
    a facility in which ball games are played (especially baseball games)
    synonyms: ballpark
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    type of:
    arena, bowl, sports stadium, stadium
    a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
  4. verb
    maneuver a vehicle into a parking space
    “Can you park right here?”
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    types:
    angle-park
    park at an angle
    parallel-park
    park directly behind another vehicle
    double-park
    park a vehicle alongside another
    type of:
    channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  5. verb
    place temporarily
    park the car in the yard”
    park the children with the in-laws”
    park your bag in this locker”
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    type of:
    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  6. noun
    a gear position that acts as a parking brake
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    type of:
    gear, gear mechanism
    a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)
  7. noun
    a lot where cars are parked
    synonyms: car park, parking area, parking lot
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    types:
    used-car lot
    a parking lot where a dealer in used-cars displays cars for sale
    type of:
    lot
    a parcel of land having fixed boundaries
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