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verb balance pronunciation in American English /ˈbæləns/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebalancing
past tensebalanced
past participlebalanced
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to keep your body steady without falling over
    1. a.
      [transitive] to put something somewhere carefully so that it is steady and does not fall
      We all sat with plates balanced on our knees.
    2. b.
      [intransitive] to be steady in a position where it is possible to fall
      Jean went out, the tray balancing precariously in one hand.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to create or preserve a good or correct balance between different features or aspects
    We have to balance the needs and tastes of all our customers.
    balance something with something: There is a need to balance the demands of the workplace with those of family life.
    Development has to be balanced against environmental concerns.
  3. 3



    balance something out

    [transitive] to reduce the effect, strength, or amount of something, and as a result make it better
    The dark colors are balanced by the brightness of the walls.


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