ballpark

noun
ball·​park | \ˈbȯl-ˌpärk \

Definition of ballpark 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

ballpark

adjective

Definition of ballpark (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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

Noun

hit a home run out of the ballpark

Adjective

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

CLEVELAND - Baseball season is here, so that means new food at the ballpark. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "New ballpark food in Cleveland, Akron makes our WTAM food chat," 11 Apr. 2018 The regular season ends July 29 at the Joes ballpark, Foundation Field in Hamilton. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Full Steam ahead for some Cincinnati area college baseball players," 14 June 2018 One area that Stratton has excelled in, though, in his brief career is keeping batters in the ballpark, allowing 0.8 HR/9. Mike Barner, SI.com, "MLB DFS Plays for May 9," 9 May 2018 Officials have said a new ballpark is critical to the team's financial survival in the Tampa Bay area -- and if a new park isn't built, the team might have to consider relocating. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Rays unveil plans to build smallest stadium in baseball to replace Tropicana Field," 10 July 2018 Shine and Roger Ailes made 21st Century Fox a lot of money — somewhere in the ballpark of $1 billion a year. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Bill Shine covered up sexual harassment at Fox News for decades until the plot blew up in his face," 5 July 2018 Speaking on the Senate floor last week, Lewis estimated the annual cost of the program at $750 million to $800 million, a range that outside analysts confirmed was in the ballpark. Joshua Miller And Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "After no new taxes pledge, Baker faces grand bargain bill — with an $800 million new tax," 26 June 2018 During the coming days, throngs of baseball fans will experience a Braves game for the first time in a splendid new ballpark in Cobb County. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "6 tips for going to a Braves game at SunTrust Park," 15 June 2018 That puts potential sanctions in the ballpark of anti-trust fines levied by Brussels that, in Google's case, have run into billions of dollars. Lucy Fielder And Douglas Busvine, The Christian Science Monitor, "As GDPR takes effect, Austrian activist challenges 'forced consent'," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of ballpark

Noun

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ballpark

Adjective

from the phrase in the ballpark

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The first known use of ballpark was in 1871

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ballpark

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ballpark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

ballpark

adjective

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

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

ballpark

noun
ball·​park | \ˈbȯl-ˌpärk \

Kids Definition of ballpark

: a park in which baseball games are played

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