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Definition of balance verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they balance
    he / she / it balances
    past simple balanced
    -ing form balancing
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    keep steady
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to put your body or something else into a position where it is steady and does not fall balance (on something) How long can you balance on one leg? balance something (on something) The television was precariously balanced on top of a pile of books. She balanced the cup on her knee.
  2. be/keep equal
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] to be equal in value, amount, etc. to something else that has the opposite effect synonym offset balance out The good and bad effects of any decision will usually balance out. balance something (out) This year's profits will balance our previous losses. His lack of experience was balanced by a willingness to learn.
  4. 3[transitive] balance A with/and B to give equal importance to two contrasting things or parts of something She tries to balance home life and career.
  5. compare
  6. 4[transitive] balance A against B to compare the relative importance of two contrasting things The cost of obtaining legal advice needs to be balanced against its benefits.
  7. money
  8. 5[transitive] balance something (finance) to show that in an account the total money spent is equal to the total money received; to calculate the difference between the two totals
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: balance