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[pahrk] /pɑrk/
[muhng-goh] /ˈmʌŋ goʊ/ (Show IPA),
1771–1806? Scottish explorer in Africa.
Robert E. 1864–1944, U.S. sociologist. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for r.e. park


a large area of land preserved in a natural state for recreational use by the public See also national park
a piece of open land in a town with public amenities
(NZ) an area, esp of mountain country, reserved for recreational purposes
a large area of land forming a private estate
(English law) an enclosed tract of land where wild beasts are protected, acquired by a subject by royal grant or prescription Compare forest (sense 5)
an area designed and landscaped to accommodate a group of related enterprises, businesses, research establishments, etc science park
(US & Canadian) See amusement park
(US & Canadian, NZ) See car park
(US & Canadian) a playing field or sports stadium
(Brit, informal) the park, a soccer pitch
a gear selector position on the automatic transmission of a motor vehicle that acts as a parking brake
the area in which the equipment and supplies of a military formation are assembled
a high valley surrounded by mountains in the western US
to stop and leave (a vehicle) temporarily
to manoeuvre (a motor vehicle) into a space for it to be left try to park without hitting the kerb
(stock exchange) to register (securities) in the name of another or of nominees in order to conceal their real ownership
(transitive) (informal) to leave or put somewhere park yourself in front of the fire
(intransitive) (military) to arrange equipment in a park
(transitive) to enclose in or as a park
Derived Forms
parklike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French parc, from Medieval Latin parricus enclosure, from Germanic; compare Old High German pfarrih pen, Old English pearrucpaddock1


Mungo (ˈmʌŋɡəʊ). 1771–1806, Scottish explorer. He led two expeditions (1795–97; 1805–06) to trace the course of the Niger in Africa. He was drowned during the second expedition
Nick, full name Nicholas Wulstan Park. born 1958, British animator and film director; his films include A Grand Day Out (1992), which introduced the characters Wallace and Gromit, and the feature-length Chicken Run (2000)
Chung Hee. (ˈtʃʊŋ ˈhiː). 1917–79, South Korean politician; president of the Republic of Korea (1963–79); assassinated
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Word Origin and History for r.e. park
c.1260, "enclosed preserve for beasts of the chase," from O.Fr. parc, probably ult. from W.Gmc. *parruk "enclosed tract of land" (cf. O.E. pearruc, root of paddock (2), O.H.G. pfarrih "fencing about, enclosure," Ger. pferch "fold for sheep," Du. park). Internal evidence suggests the W.Gmc. word is pre-4c. and originally meant the fencing, not the place enclosed. Found also in M.L. parricus "enclosure, park" (8c.), which is likely the direct source of the O.Fr. word, as well as It. parco, Sp. parque, etc. Some claim the M.L. word as the source of the W.Gmc., but the reverse seems more likely. OED discounts notion of a Celtic origin. Welsh parc, Gael. pairc are from English. As a surname, Parker "keeper of a park" is attested in Eng. from c.1145. Meaning "enclosed lot in or near a town, for public recreation" is first attested 1663, originally in ref. to London; the sense evolution is via royal parks in the original, hunting sense being overrun by the growth of London and being opened to the public. Applied to sporting fields in Amer.Eng. from 1867. New York's Park Avenue as an adj. meaning "luxurious and fashionable" (1956) was preceded in the same sense by London's Park Lane (1880).
1812, "to arrange military vehicles in a park," from park (n.) in a limited sense of "enclosure for military vehicles" (attested from 1683). General non-military meaning "to put (a vehicle) in a certain place" is first recorded 1844. Parking lot is from 1924; parking ticket first attested 1947; park-and-ride is from 1966. The transmission gear (n.) is attested from 1963.
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Slang definitions & phrases for r.e. park


  1. To put or place; locate: Park yourself anywhere, I'll be right back (1922+)
  2. To manipulate records illegally so as to conceal true ownership of stocks: If you're caught ''parking'' stock, your defense is everybody does it but I didn't know it was going on (1990s+)
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ballpark, ballpark figure

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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