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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The club has suspended a popular program of allowing outside food and beverages into the ballpark in 2021. Jon Meoli,, 8 June 2021 Dodgers fans, refusing to neglect the history between the clubs, poured into the ballpark, cleared for full capacity for the first time Tuesday, in blue to defend their team. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Ticket-holders who get their Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the Guaranteed Rate Field pop-up clinic will receive $25 White Sox gift cards for use inside the ballpark, the team said. Phil Rosenthal,, 27 May 2021 There were long concession lines throughout the ballpark. Ray Glier, Forbes, 25 May 2021 That appeared to be the consensus among the 3,200 people allowed into the ballpark. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 May 2021 Belt gave the Giants a brief lead in the fifth with a solo homer to right that bounced twice on the pavement outside the ballpark before plopping into McCovey Cove. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Apr. 2021 The game began with a haze and stench inside the ballpark, the result of a nearby fire at a recycling plant. Tom Haudricourt, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2021 At the outset, smoke and a strong burning smell leaked into the ballpark, even with the roof and outdoor panels closed, from a large fire at a nearby recycling plant. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Ballpark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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