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 dugout was dead and life in the ballpark resided with the Royals. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "George Springer's late homer lifts Astros over Royals," 13 Sep. 2019 Later, visit the rooftop garden at Fenway Park to see how urban agriculture experts engineered a sustainable food system atop this iconic ballpark. National Geographic, "Engineering and Robotics on the MIT Campus," 10 Sep. 2019 Comerica Park will fill with the sounds of power pop and punk next summer as three of the enduring bands of the past two decades hit the Detroit Tigers' ballpark. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Green Day, Weezer, Fall Out Boy to play Comerica Park next summer," 10 Sep. 2019 Current Sox ownership, which purchased the club out of his estate, recently led efforts to have his name expunged from the street that runs along the front of the ballpark’s landmark facade. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Looking at the legacy of Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs," 7 Sep. 2019 The Chase Field crowd wasn’t just a sellout, but the 50,180 in attendance established a new ballpark record. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Energized Diamondbacks take third straight from Dodgers, pull closer in wild card race," 31 Aug. 2019 No ballpark in New England reached the million-mark faster. Chris Brodeur,, "From attendance and peanut servings to call-ups and BBQ, here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Yard Goats’ 2019 season," 30 Aug. 2019 About 10 minutes later, as Rosenberg breast-fed her daughter while wearing a nursing shirt, a ballpark representative walked up to the mother. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "A breast-feeding mother was asked to go to the nursing lounge at Nats Park. She refused.," 24 Aug. 2019 Food service provider Aramark, for example, serves 2 billion meals each year, at schools, hospitals, ballparks, and office cafés. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are coming to campuses, offices, and stadiums," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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