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

The guy serving batting practice pitches that night in Lansing, Mich., had more luck keeping him in the ballpark than the pitchers in the league. Dom Amore,, "Wethersfield's Ryan Costello Slugging His Way Through The Minor Leagues," 14 July 2018 The place’s home run factor this year of 1.068, per ESPN, is 14th in the big leagues and second in the ballpark’s history to the park record of 1.085 set in 2015. Tom Krasovic,, "Padres' home now means home runs are less rare, and that's a tradeoff," 8 June 2018 The profit-sharing deal was part of the governments' agreement to build Loria a new $600 million ballpark and parking complex in Little Havana, with the team paying about $155 million toward construction. Douglas Hanks, miamiherald, "In court fight with Derek Jeter, Miami-Dade turns to the Marlins Man for help | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 Some at least get credit for trying, but this isn’t even in the ballpark! Markus Haas, San Antonio Express-News, "Fact or fiction: When good beers lie," 19 Apr. 2018 Fans are permitted to bring the beer and cup through the gates into the ballpark. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Johnny Thinwallet says cheers to the Reds for beer cart prices," 27 Mar. 2018 Before the 1961 season, the county barred fans from bringing their own beer into the ballpark, triggering an attendance boycott. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Book on baseball's Braves jilting Milwaukee adds new villains to the lineup," 21 Mar. 2018 As Bradley’s home run ball cleared the right field wall, the ballpark fell quiet, save for the celebration that erupted in the Red Sox dugout. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Red Sox Take ALCS Lead Amid Concerns Over Sign Stealing," 17 Oct. 2018 The team won county permission Tuesday to move the kitschy, widely disliked Red Grooms sculpture out of Marlins Park to the plaza outside the ballpark. Steven Wine, The Seattle Times, "Win for Jeter: Marlins’ home run sculpture will be moved," 16 Oct. 2018

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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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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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