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Linguaphile wrote:In my own dialect I'd say parking lot for the outdoor kind and parking garage for the underground or multi-story building kind, and avoid carpark / car park as the term isn't that common here. It would be understood, but as for whether it would be understood as a parking lot or parking garage, I think most people locally would think of it as a parking garage (in part just because they, like the term itself, aren't all that common here; the assumption would probably be that if you aren't using the word "parking lot" you're probably referring to something that is different from an outdoor parking lot, therefore probably a parking garage).
There's also carport for the open-air kind with a roof over it, usually for a single car or for a a single (or double) row of cars, such as an apartment building.
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