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verb balance pronunciation in American English /ˈbæləns/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theybalance
he/she/itbalances
present participlebalancing
past tensebalanced
past participlebalanced
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to keep your body steady without falling over
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    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.

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    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.

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  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

    or

    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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