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

But the Mets are stuck with their biggest problem: their home ballpark, the most fearsome obstacle in all of baseball. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Even the Mets’ Home Stadium Is Mocking Them," 3 Apr. 2019 Texas A&M was able to chase Auburn ace Kaylee Carlson from the circle and took the series opener at its new ballpark. James Crepea,, "Auburn softball loses series opener at Texas A&M," 28 Apr. 2018 The remaining 16 teams counted more than 2 million fans at their home ballparks. Marc Bona,, "Free baseball tickets? Orioles trying 'Kids Cheer Free' deal," 15 Apr. 2018 In December, Peralta Community College District trustees shot down the team’s proposal for building a ballpark on school property next to Laney College, after faculty and students objected. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "BART tells A’s to forget about a new station at a waterfront ballpark," 19 Feb. 2018 Before Ichiro arrived, Hall of Famers Rod Carew and Tony Gwynn had accumulated multiple batting titles by slapping balls to all confines of the ballpark. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Ichiro Suzuki: The last of his kind in home run era," 3 May 2018 In the case of the ballpark, however, the show filmed visual effects footage at Fenway itself and juxtaposed it with clips of the actors on a ball field in Hamilton, Ontario, Littlefield said. Megan O’brien,, "Map: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is filled with Boston references," 3 May 2018 The intersection is just northwest of the ballpark. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Pedestrian struck by car near Nationals Park after Sunday’s game," 30 Apr. 2018 Matt Davidson, who has seven homers this season and has hit five of them against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, knocked a pair out of the ballpark on Thursday. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Continuing their struggles with runners in scoring position, Royals lose to White Sox | The Kansas City Star," 26 Apr. 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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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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