balance - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the ability to remain steady in an upright position

    An ear infection is affecting his balance.

    1. a.
      a position in which your body remains steady and upright
      lose your balance:

      He lost his balance and tipped backwards in the chair.

      keep your balance:

      She grabbed at him to keep her balance.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a situation in which different aspects or features are treated equally or exist in the correct relationship to each other
    balance between:

    It can be hard to find the right balance between advising your children and controlling them.

    balance of:

    A healthy diet is about getting the correct balance of a variety of foods.

    strike a balance (=achieve a good balance):

    We’re trying to strike a balance between fun and learning.

    upset/alter the balance:

    These creatures have upset the delicate ecological balance in the lake.

    1. a.
      [singular] a force, influence, or idea that is completely different from another but combines well with it
      balance to:

      His conservatism is the perfect balance to her outgoing personality.

    See also redress
  3. 3
    [countable] the amount of money you have in your bank account

    The current balance in your account is £1,182.

    1. a.
      [singular] the amount of money that you owe after paying part of the cost of something

      You pay a deposit now and the balance in 12 months.

  4. 4
    [singular] the majority of information, opinions, or facts

    The balance of public opinion was against the proposal.

    tilt/shift the balance:

    The balance has shifted in favour of the president.

    See also tip
  5. 5
    [singular] the amount of something that remains after part has been used
    balance of:

    You can use the balance of the time to finish the assignment.

  6. 6
    [uncountable] mental or emotional calm

    She quickly recovered her balance after the outburst.

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