balance

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balance

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ˈbæləns/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: bal‧ance

Noun[change]

Singular
balance

Plural
balances

A balance scale
  1. (uncountable) If something is in balance, it is has equal amounts all around.
    She was walking on a thin line, but lost her balance and fell down.
    This plan has a good balance of new and old ideas.
  2. (countable & uncountable) The balance in your bank account is the amount of money you have in the account.
  3. A type of scale where there are two parts.

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Plain form
balance

Third-person singular
balances

Past tense
balanced

Past participle
balanced

Present participle
balancing

A balanced rock
  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you balance something, you make it have equal amounts all around.
    The bird balanced easily on the wire for a few moments before flying off.
    A good manager has to balance the costs and benefits of doing business.

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