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

Synonyms & Antonyms for ballpark

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those who stayed tried to make the best out of a drab night at the ballpark. Aaron Bracy, Chicago Tribune, 23 July 2022 Those that stayed tried to make the best out of a drab night at the ballpark. Kyle Hightower, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2022 Once the Giants finish their one-day stay at the ballpark, the Reds come to Milwaukee for a more traditional three-game set. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2022 Stanton did both on Tuesday, enjoying himself and winning at a ballpark only 12 miles from his alma mater, Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. New York Times, 20 July 2022 He was set to pitch at the ballpark in the first series of the year, only to suffer a left oblique strain while warming up. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 17 July 2022 During his high school years at Orange El Modena, his team once got to play at the ballpark. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2022 Even with Seelingers and other hosts helping, the venue lacked the traditional energy that comes with being at the ballpark. Mason Young, Detroit Free Press, 11 July 2022 Satchel Paige, Frank Robinson and Larry Doby are featured on the mural located near the left field gate at the ballpark. Joe Noga, cleveland, 1 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective An easy way to do this is create an Excel spreadsheet to track your spending or go back though your bank and credit card statements from the past year to get a ballpark idea of your monthly spending. Ashira Prossack, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The Astros share their spring training complex and ballpark with the Washington Nationals. Chron, 5 Mar. 2021 Of course, the idea is to keep growing your art over time, but having a ballpark figure for those initial pieces keeps your search more focused. Shivani Vora,, 30 Dec. 2020 And after two starts in this strange, empty-ballpark, virtual-fan season, Berrios still has much to prove. Star Tribune, 31 July 2020 See More

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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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29 Jul 2022

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“Ballpark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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