- 1A large public green area in a town, used for recreation: a walk around the parkMore example sentences
- The most striking ones are connected with the illegal giveaway of some public parks and gardens, he said.
- Work includes care of public parks, gardens, painting of signs, sowing of flowers, shrubs, care of the graveyards, repair of paths etc.
- He would like to see more public parks and gardens where he could go to feed the ducks with his children; more facilities for younger people - and more child-friendly pubs.
- 1.1A large area of land kept in its natural state for public recreational use.More example sentences
- Some of the finest natural areas in the park are not easily accessible except by boat, but others are crisscrossed by hiking trails.
- State officials work to balance recreational use with efforts to enhance and protect the park's abundant natural resources.
- Since the 1988 fire, researchers believe that the park has achieved a natural balance.
- 1.2 (also wildlife park) A large enclosed area of land used to accommodate wild animals in captivity.More example sentences
- The residents will now make submissions on the upcoming review of the Naas Development Plan looking to have the wetlands area formalised as a wildlife park.
- It turned out that this was no ordinary deer, but a young orphan - appropriately enough, called Rain - who had been reared from birth by the good folks at Porfell Animal Land wildlife park, near Looe.
- The judges say the Town Park and the wildlife park in Glendowns are both providing opportunities for wildlife appreciation.
- 1.3North American A stadium or enclosed area used for sports.More example sentences
- Not to mention he accomplished this playing his home games in Yankee Stadium, a difficult park for righthanded hitters.
- The Southern League has favored pitching dramatically of late, though the Georgia outfielders will be playing in historically neutral parks.
- The ball had plenty of depth to reach the park's famed left field fence.
- 1.5(In the western US) a broad, flat, mostly open area in a mountainous region.More example sentences
- Although the park is open year-round, I don't believe that we would want to ride during some of those cold northern winters.
- The park is open year around however, the summer temperatures can get very hot in this beautiful high desert.
- The park is open from mid-April to the end of October and is accessible by float plane and boat.
- 2 [with adjective or noun modifier] An area devoted to a specified purpose: an industrial parkMore example sentences
- Plans came and went that included high-rise apartments and an amusement theme park, however nothing materialised.
- A series of pilots are set to begin at regional and national theme parks.
- In the amusement parks on the outskirts of Chennai, huge crowds queue for a water ride.
- 2.1chiefly British A parking lot or garage: a coach parkMore example sentences
- Union Terrace car park will lose more than half its existing spaces so a new coach park and toilet facilities can be built.
- The sports hall, bowling green and coach park is likely to be lost, and council officers are already looking at the possibility of moving them elsewhere in the city.
- Householders and traders fear that a move to relocate a city centre coach park in York will trigger a spiral of decline in a street which has been revived after years of planning blight.
- 3(In a car with automatic transmission) the position of the gear selector in which the gears are locked, preventing the vehicle’s movement.More example sentences
- I jammed the gear shift into park and jumped out of the car, wiping my pants off.
- He struggled to push the gear shifter into park, but he finally heard and felt the needle click over to the large P.
- She turned the key, the engine letting off a bit of a rumble, than she shifted the car from park to first gear, and turned it back around.
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- 1Bring (a vehicle that one is driving) to a halt and leave it temporarily, typically in a parking lot or by the side of the road: he parked his car outside her house [no object]: he couldn’t find anywhere to parkMore example sentences
- The car park of Morrisons often suffers from overflow car parking with shoppers having to park on side roads close to Morrisons which creates more congested local roads.
- Does free parking mean one can park vehicles anywhere and on any road?
- Police have been using the Polebarn Road offices to park vehicles since May.
- 1.1 • informal Deposit and leave in a convenient place until required: come on in, and park your bag by the doorMore example sentences
- Equally, if Stringer was lost for any period of time then you could park any notions of grandeur until he returned.
- Which is sweet of them, except that these crèches are not to park your baby in - they're for men.
- I need to do a nifty leftward swerve right where you've parked your eight year old child!
- 1.2 (park oneself in/on) • informal Sit down on or in: after dinner, we parked ourselves on a pair of couchesMore example sentences
- At the start of a routine home fixture he parks himself in a seat high in Ibrox's Main Stand.
- I promptly told my mind to shut up and strolled across the floor to the bar, parking myself in a seat.
- At the command every student in the room hurriedly parked themselves in their specific seats and waited for instructions from the teacher, Madame Besson.
- 1.3 • informal Postpone consideration of (an idea or plan) until a later date: could I suggest we park that suggestion for the moment?More example sentences
- I did have ideas for an 'Engage' page up front which links users to blogs, discussions, and questions but I've decided to park that for now and focus on other requirements.
- The banks are celebrating rumours that plans to reform the banking sector have been parked until after the next general election.
- He tentatively floated the idea with one of the senior fitters a few months ago but met with fierce resistance and parked the idea.
a walk in the park
- see walk.
Middle English: from Old French parc, from medieval Latin parricus, of Germanic origin; related to German Pferch 'pen, fold', also to paddock. The word was originally a legal term designating land held by royal grant for keeping game animals: this was enclosed and therefore distinct from a forest or chase, and (also unlike a forest) had no special laws or officers. A military sense 'space occupied by artillery, wagons, stores, etc., in an encampment' (late 17th century) is the origin of the verb sense (mid 19th century) and of sense 2 of the noun (early 20th century).