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verb juggle pronunciation in American English /ˈdʒʌɡ(ə)l/
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present tense
present participlejuggling
past tensejuggled
past participlejuggled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to keep objects moving through the air by catching them as they fall and throwing them back into the air
    We saw a man juggle six balls at the same time.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to try to balance several things that you are holding without dropping any of them
    She was juggling a glass of champagne and two plates of food.
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  3. 3
    [transitive] to try to do several important things at the same time, especially when this is difficult
    the pressures of juggling a career and children
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  4. 4
    [transitive] to change the way that things are done, in order to achieve what you want
    After juggling our schedules around, we’ve managed to arrange a meeting.
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  5. 5
    [transitive] American to arrange numbers or information in a particular way, in order to make someone believe something that is not true
    juggling the accounts
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 juggle pronunciation in American English noun [countable]
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… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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