ball·​park | \ ˈbȯl-ˌpärk How to pronounce ballpark (audio) \

Definition of ballpark

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a park or stadium in which ball games (such as baseball) are played
2 : a range (as of prices or views) within which comparison or compromise is possible
in the ballpark
: approximately correct my first guess wasn't even in the ballpark



Definition of ballpark (Entry 2 of 3)

: approximately correct : roughly estimated a ballpark price a ballpark figure


ballparked; ballparking; ballparks

Definition of ballpark (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to estimate (something) roughly or casually : to give a ballpark estimate of (something, such as a number or price) The track doesn't release attendance numbers, but media members ballparked it at 42,500 in the facility, which seats more than 50,000.— Michael Phillips When I work with clients I remind them that we are just ballparking the numbers.— Bill Conerly He looked at the ceiling. He looked at the walls. He turned this way and that, craning his neck, like a contractor about to ballpark an estimate.— Lee Child

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ballpark

Synonyms: Adjective

approximate, approximative, imprecise, inaccurate, inexact, loose, squishy

Antonyms: Adjective

accurate, dead, dead-on, exact, precise, ultraprecise, veracious

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Examples of ballpark in a Sentence


hit a home run out of the ballpark


We don't know exactly how many people live in this city, but a ballpark figure would be about two million. I suspect that the ballpark costs we were quoted for the kitchen renovation will turn out to be too low.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Assisting in the move was Greco Structures, a playhouse donor who contributed to the construction and provided transportation to the ballpark. Houston Chronicle, "HomeAid Playhouse arrives at Minute Maid Park," 30 June 2019 The contest even drew Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to the ballpark. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Photos: Home run fireworks for Yankees-Red Sox at London Series," 29 June 2019 The entrance to the ballpark is in left field adjacent to one of the lots. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "So you're checking out a Milwaukee Milkmen game in Franklin. Here's what you can expect.," 25 June 2019 There’s usually at least three who will go to the ballpark together on the road. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: MLB needs to watch out. This Dodgers rotation is historically good," 6 June 2019 The 24-year-old right-hander returned to the ballpark last week. Lamond Pope, Post-Tribune, "'It was extremely special': Crown Point graduate Zach Plesac making most of opportunity with Cleveland Indians," 3 June 2019 Got to come to the ballpark with a game plan of doing the little things right. Mark Didtler, The Seattle Times, "Jake Arrieta convinced Phillies are a playoff team," 25 Mar. 2019 After the concert, the final trolleys will depart toward Santee every 15 minutes until 12:21 a.m. from the Imperial Transit Center, adjacent to the ballpark, and until 12:23 a.m. from the Gaslamp Quarter station. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Going to Paul McCartney’s Petco Park concert Saturday? Here are 10 tips.," 20 June 2019 The White Sox and Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which owns the ballpark, are hoping to complete the project this season. Jay Cohen,, "White Sox plan to extend netting at Guaranteed Rate Field," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of ballpark


1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1960, in the meaning defined above


1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ballpark


from the phrase in the ballpark

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The first known use of ballpark was in 1871

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English Language Learners Definition of ballpark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a park in which baseball games are played : a baseball park or stadium



English Language Learners Definition of ballpark (Entry 2 of 2)

: not exact but close in number or amount : approximately correct


ball·​park | \ ˈbȯl-ˌpärk How to pronounce ballpark (audio) \

Kids Definition of ballpark

: a park in which baseball games are played

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